Photo by Mark Bennington

 

IN BRIEF

Hi!

I'm Jake B. Rydell and I am an actor, writer, musician, dancer, and political science enthusiast from Sterling Heights, MI, a city just a touch north of Detroit, which is where I'm based now.  I started performing when I was eleven because my elementary school choir class director was in need of a baritone for the inaugural production of Seussical the Musical and I was the closest thing that elementary school had! 

Photo by Bree Birr de Oliveira

THE STORY OF JAKE

 

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"Rydell plays the role of Brad. Rydell has exceptional range [and] easily makes the audience feel the struggle that his character is going through.  He is extremely funny, completely endearing, and does an outstanding job with the role,"

- Katie Laban, BroadwayWorld Detroit.

Photo by Brandy-Joe Plambeck

(3C at the Ringwald Theatre)

EARLY DAYS/UNIVERSITY

"Rydell, who at only 19 is a newbie actor, is convincing as Baby, the initially naive character who has a summer awakening. The scene where he and Mike Suchyta (Johnny) [...] mouth the lyrics to the old 'Love is Strange' song [...] is flawlessly executed and a highlight of the play,"

- Tanya Gazdik, Encore Michigan.

Photo by Brandy-Joe Plambeck

(Dirty Prancing at the Ringwald Theatre)

 

SKILLS

 

MUSIC

Skilled at playing guitar, bass guitar, drum set, and hand percussion.  Also able to play piano, ukulele, and mandolin at a beginner level.  Experienced at providing and performing musical compositions and arrangements in settings both live and recorded.

LANGUAGES & DIALECTS

With languages, in addition to native fluency in English, I possess an intermediate understanding of French (particularly reading and writing), a basic understanding of ASL/PSE, and a touch of Russian.  

With dialects, I can perform a range of dialects from across the UK and Europe, including Cockney, RP, Edinburgh Scottish, Russian, and French.  Full list and samples available upon request.  (See the contact form below!)

DANCE

Beyond minoring in dance at Wayne State University, I've been taking classes and dancing in shows in the metro Detroit area for nearly a decade.  Primarily, I've focused on jazz and modern, but I also have experience in the worlds of tap, hip-hop, and to a lesser degree, congolese and ballet.

 

GALLERY/CONTACT

Jake B. Rydell

Performer.  Playwright.  Professional.

If you'd like to get in contact with me to request scripts or further information or to challenge me to a game of rock-paper-scissors or whatever else you may need, use the form below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

JAKE B. RYDELL 
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