Jay Torrence

Jay Torrence

Artistic Director, The Ruffians Artistic Collective

My name is Jay Torrence and I live in Chicago, IL. I am a Playwright / Professor of Theater. I have a BA from Wheaton College in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. For 17 years I have built a professional career writing, directing and performing in theater in Chicago, IL. Most recently, my professional artistic career has led me into teaching and artistic residencies in universities across the nation in Theater Performance Study Programs. My leadership style is nurturing - I deal directly with artistic creative personalities and am fascinated with leading people in the areas of work that are directly linked to their passion and calling in the world. My parents, Bernie and Kathy Torrence, reside in Ohio and are heavily involved in church and La Red as founding members of both.