Ray Jordan Achan (he/him/his) is an Indo-Caribbean, Brooklyn based actor, director, writer and producer. Ray is the Founding Artistic Director of EXILED TONGUES, a performance collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to QTBIPOC artists who center diasporic consciousness. He currently is developing his documentary theater piece, “CON DOUGH: Stories of 1 in 5 Gentrified” which premiered at the Center at West Park in February 2021 and will premiere at the Tank in May 2021. Ray is an Artist-in-Resident at the Asian American Arts Alliance, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and a Playwright-in-Resident at Rogue Theater. He is the recipient of the Pet Project Grant sponsored by Jeremy O’Harris and the Bushwick Starr for his play, "Free Fallin’." He recently was the Artistic Fellow at Ars Nova as part of the Emerging Leaders Group. He has worked at the Park Avenue Armory as a Production Assistant and has helped advance shows such as Antigone and Judgment Day as well as events such as The Black Artists Retreat and Armory Iridescent and Culture in a Changing America: 100 Years/100 Women. He also worked as a Producing Intern at the Public Theater. Ray directed the World Premiere Off-Broadway production of SHARUM written by Mohammad Murtaza and Dena Igusti at the Player’s Theater. Recently, Ray directed "CUT WOMAN", written by Dena Igusti which premiered at the Prelude NYC 2020 Festival. Future projects: Ray is directing his original play "Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" (Rogue Theater Festival) and "Free Fallin’" which is set to premiere at the Hudson Guild Theater in Fall 2021. Additionally, Ray is directing La Violecion of My PapiYon, an original play written by Arline Pierre-Louis. Ray is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in Government and Theater with Honors.