Jerre Dye is a Chicago-based writer, director, and actor. He is the recipient of the Award for Dramatic Literature from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His play,CICADA, had a Chicago premiere in 2014 with Route 66 Theatre Company (Jeff nominated). His play, DISTANCE, premiered in 2016 with Strawdog Theatre Company (Jeff nominated). Other works for the stage include: SHORT/STORIES, THREADS, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HANSEL AND GRETEL, WILD SWANSand an adaptation of Stravinsky’s A SOLDIER’S TALE with Iris Orchestra. In 2014, Dye completed the libretto for GHOSTS OF CROSSTOWN, a new short opera cycle in collaboration with Opera Memphis and four composers from across the U.S.: MOVIN’ UP IN THE WORLD with composer Zachary Redler (subsequent performances at the National Civil Rights Museum and Missouri State University), ABANDONED with composer Kamran Ince (featured at the Opera America Annual Conference in S.F. as part of the New Works Sampler 2014), IVONNE with composer Nathaniel Stookey (featured at the Opera America Annual Conference in D.C. as part of the New Works Sampler 2015), and MITCH AND THE MOON with composer Jack Perla. Current opera commissions include: PARKSVILLE HORROR, a filmed, episodic, virtual reality opera for Opera On Tap/New York with composer Kamala Sankaram, THE FALLING AND THE RISING for the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus with composer Zachary Redler, CHAUTAUQUA STORIES for Chautauqua Opera in Chautauqua, NY, BY/INfor Opera Memphis and a new commission for Washington National Opera based on the life of Jose Sarria. Regional directing credits include: SISTER MYOTIS (Abingdon Theatre, NY), ONE OR TWO THINGS (San Francisco Fringe), DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Theatre Memphis), WILD LEGACY (national tour), PRE-SENT PRES-ENT, HOLD FAST (Voices of the South) and FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Athens West). Regional acting credits include: Compleat Female Stage Beauty(Circuit Playhouse), Cyrano (Theatre Memphis), William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (Voices of the South), Present Laughter, Angels In America Parts 1 and 2, Rocky Horror (Playhouse on the Square), Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre) and Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare).