Ray Jacildo (He/Him) is an Asian-Canadian actor and theatre creator. Born in the Philippines, Ray is an avid traveller and backpacker. As an actor he has performed in Toronto, New York, UK, and Eastern Europe. Ray’s work focuses on classical and political texts, giving voice to underrepresented intersections of society, and bridging cultural schisms. He approaches all of his work with his whole body and open heart.
Ray is a graduate of the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada and Queen’s University Drama Program, and has studied under some of North America and Europe’s top theatre practitioners: Brenda Bazinet, Chick Reid and Lisa Wolpe (Acting), Jackie Maxwell (Chekhov), Ian Watson and Guy Roberts (Shakespeare), Graeme Somerville and Deborah Hay (Shaw), David Latham (Mask), Jo Jo Rideout (Voice), John Stead (Stage Combat), and Belarus Free Theatre (Creation).
He has performed in several productions over the past years: Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Company, dir: Jennifer King), Koji in Burning Vision (dir: Mike Payette), Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (dir: Danielle Irvine), Dong Zhuo in Feng Yi Ting (Luminato, dir: Atom Egoyan), Dialogues des Carmélites (Dora Award for Outstanding Ensemble with the Canadian Opera Company, dir: Robert Carsen). Ray’s directing credits include: Water Choke, a multidisciplinary theatre production on masculinity and mental health, which toured to universities and Fringe Festivals across Canada. TV: Saving Hope (E1). Full Resume at: www.rayjacildo.com
Prior to NTS, Ray was the youngest member to sit on the Board of Directors of Theatre Ontario and was a founding member of their Youth Advisory Committee. In addition, Ray was the Executive Director of a non-profit that planned a solar powered rock concert featuring David Suzuki, Sum 41, and the Barenaked Ladies, and which installed millions of dollars worth of solar panels atop Toronto high schools.
Special Skills: Stage Combat: Single Sword, Case, Unarmed, Bull Whip, Firearms, Arnis, and Butterfly Knife; Competitive Épée Fencing; Basic Acrobatics; 3 octave singing range (Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock).
Height: 5’9” | Vocal Range: Tenor | Hair Colour: Black | Eye Colour: Brown