JO MICHAEL REZES (they/them) is a nonbinary theatremaker and transmedia artist in Greater Boston dedicated to the development of new, queer works which feature transgender collaborators and fabulously grotesque aesthetics.

A proud Vassar College alum (BA, English & Drama), Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre & Performance at Tufts University, Lecturer in Theatre at Boston College, and Affiliate Faculty at Emerson College. Acting credits: Rocky Horror Show (Entropy Theatre); Nosferatu, The Vampyr (Sparkhaven Theatre); The Inheritance (SpeakEasy Stage Co. — US Regional Premiere; Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Ensemble); Things I Know to Be True (Great Barrington Public Theater — Berkshire Theater Critics Award Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor; Broadway World Award, Honorable Mention). Directing: Trans [Plays] of Remembrance (HowlRound.TV); Cloud 9 (AD, The Nora – Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Direction); Melancholy Play (Vassar College); The Interrobangers (Tufts University); The Rocky Horror Show (Central Square Theater, Fall 2023). Jo instructs gender and performance courses across the country (Yale Dramat, UMass Law, The Theater Offensive). Their TEDTalk, A Playful Exploration of Gender Performance, is available online. Jo is developing a monograph called Fractals: Nonbinary Acting Methods and facilitates workshops on the subject. Rezes dedicates themself to inclusive performance pedagogy beyond binary constructions and embraces queer aesthetics, sensation, and experience over final product. 



B.A., Vassar College
M.A., Tufts University
Ph.D., Tufts University

Areas of Expertise

  • Acting
  • Aesthetics
  • Culture & Race
  • DEI & Theatre
  • Directing
  • Fake News & Misinformation
  • Humanities & Cultural Studies
  • Humor
  • LGBTQIA+ Studies
  • Mass Media
  • Pedagogy
  • Performing Arts
  • Pop Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Theater
  • Transmedia
  • Visual & Media Arts