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Ray was born and raised in Toledo, OH into a loving family of 12 children. He celebrates all kinds of families, the power of creativity, and all things of the heart! Ray has been making professional Santa Claus appearances for over 30 years
Raymond is a professional on-stage and on-camera actor: His experience spans from New York to California in most genres of theater. Ray has made his home in Chicago for over 30 years performing from Shakespeare to Summerstock, and from regional touring theater to theater for young audiences.
Ray is also a Free lance writer and trained improviser: He has adapted stories, plays and musical events for children, schools, family reunions and touring educational theater. His latest project has been working on and completing the play “Santa’s Last Christmas!”
Ray's expertise interacting with people has been formed from his life experiences as a teacher in Chicago public schools for over 20 years. He taught middle school and high school, and has led classes and workshops specializing in the arts and performing arts in education. In addition, he has been a spokesperson and Toastmasters International speaker as well as a contributing member of the T.E.A.M. committee at Northeastern Illinois University.
Ray's professional training includes studies at University of Toledo, New York University,and Northeastern Illinois University.
Finally continuing education was done at The Second City, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf Arts for Educators, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, The Audition Center, and various on-camera classes.