Ray Frewen

Ray Frewen
Ray Frewen
Associate Dean and Director of Theatre Conservatory
Associate Professor of Theatre
Chicago College of Performing Arts
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RAY FREWEN is an award-winning actor and director who has been active in Chicago theatre for over 30 years. He is the former Associate Producer at Apple Tree Theatre and longtime Artistic Director at Drury Lane Oakbrook, where he directed over sixty productions, including The Jeff Award winning 1776, and received Jeff nominations, After Dark Awards and/or Chicago Stage Talk Awards for My Fair Lady, Kiss Me, Kate, Tintypes, A Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Evita, My One and Only, Crazy for You, and Shenandoah. He has directed productions for Apple Tree, Marriott’s Lincolnshire, Spartan Theatre, Fearless Theatre, Moraine Valley College, and Northern Illinois University and The School of the Performing Arts.  Well known as a Chicago actor for over 30 years, Ray spent a year with the National Tour of Les Misérables and was seen in both the Chicago and Off-Broadway productions of The Foreigner.  He has appeared in over 50 productions at Miami’s Cocoanut Grove, Marriott’s Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Candlelight, Drury Lane South, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Court Theatre (as Oscar Wilde in Tom Stoppard’s Invention of Love), and others in such roles as Arthur in Camelot, Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!, The Duke/Dr.Carasco in Man of La Mancha, and Zach in A Chorus Line. He earned Jefferson nominations as The King in The King and I, The Rothschilds, and twice for his portrayal of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, for which he also received an After Dark Award. He was seen in the Ovations productions of Call Me Madam, with Joanne Worley, Fred Willard and Malcolm Getz, One Touch of Venus, with Liz Calloway, and Promises, Promises, with George Hearn and Jason Graae in addition to the Ravinia Festival as part of the Sondheim at 75 Celebration in Passion, with Patty Lupone, Michael Cerveris and Audra MacDonald and A Little Night Music with Patti Lupone and George Hearn.  Currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Ray has directed Rent, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Assassins, The Baker’s Wife, Godspell, Sunday in the Park with George, A Flea in Her Ear, Starting Here Starting Now, Ripper, Almost Maine and numerous showcase reviews. He also acted with students at CCPA in The Tempest, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Cradle Will Rock.

  • BSActing/Directing — Illinois State University
  • MFAActing — Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory