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Joel is very grateful to have been nominated for a 2019 Non-Equity Jeff Award for Performance in a Principal Role in Steep Theatre’s production of Birdland.

Check out the Chicago Tribune article for more information and for a full list of the 2019 Jeff Award nominees here.


Joel is featured in Chris Jones’ “Top 10 best performances in Chicago theater in 2018”, and in Kris Vire’s “SR Digest: 2018’s best theatrical moments.”

 
 
Photo by Lee Miller

Photo by Lee Miller

Birdland

…the central performance from Joel Reitsma blew me away.”

“The most remarkable thing about this staging is how Reitsma, whose performance is blisteringly good…actually makes you believe he’s a rock star.”

”This, truly, is a spectacularly charismatic performance…
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.
Reitsma is a thrill to behold: exacting yet impulsive, rigorous yet unrestrained. If this isn’t the performance of the season, I can’t imagine what could be.
— Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader Critic
[Birdland] probably wouldn’t work at all without the right actor in the lead, and Joel Reitsma more than delivers.
— Conor McShane, Performink Critic.
 
Photo by Michael Brosilow

Photo by Michael Brosilow

By The Water

…a breakout performance.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.
 
 
Photo By Lee Miller

Photo By Lee Miller

The Invisible Hand

Featured Interview: “Role Playing: Joel Reitsma drew moral profit from banker-captor clash of Invisible Hand” By Lawrence B. Johnson for Chicago On The Isle.