Ray Jordan Achan (he/him/his) is an Indo-Caribbean, Brooklyn based theater-maker. Ray is the Founding Artistic Director of EXILED TONGUES, a performance collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to QTBIPOC artists (artists of the global majority) who center diasporic consciousness. Ray was one of sixteen artists chosen to participate in “Tending the Edge: Caring for the NYC coastline and its communities now and in the future”, an artistic project focused on bringing the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan (CWP) into the public discourse, challenging mayoral candidates to engage issues of Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning, and inviting the public to take on the identity of waterfront citizens, by artistically engaging with these issues. Recently, Ray directed the stage adaptation of "First Sight: A Queer Indonesian Love Story" which premiered at The Tank's Limefest in August 2021. Ray also developed his original play, “Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could,” at the Rogue Theater Festival in July 2021. He is an Associated Artist at Culture Push, a Playwright-in-Residence at Rogue Theater, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and a past Artist-in-Resident at the Asian American Arts Alliance. Previous Works: “CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 Gentrified” (The Tank, Center at West Park) “CUT WOMAN” (Prelude NYC Festival 2020) “Sharum” (The Player’s Theater)

Upcoming Works: “(Re)Imagining Greenpoint’s Green Waters”, “Our Bang for Their Buck: No Permit for LNG”, "Ghana, Guinea, or Guatemala: A Historiography of Guyana by Jim Jones" (Fifth Avenue Theater). Ray is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in Government and Theater with Honors. rayjordanachan.com | exiledtongues.com