Jake Fruend (he/him) is a stage director, designer, and native of St. Louis, MO. Recent directing credits include the devised Point & Shoot, John Patrick Bray's Green Sound (Cold Basement Dramatics), Rachel DuBose & Franz Kafka's Rotpeter, Dakota Parobek's Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile (Mercy Street Theatre), The Kid Thing (Nothing Without a Company) and a bushel of Nothing Without a Company play festivals. He is a founding member the Associate Artistic Director of Mercy Street Theatre Company. His recent design work includes art for The MDQ Podcast, Mercy Street Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Communication is Key: the podcast, Northlight Theatre, The Book Patch, and oodles of promotional materials for shows all over Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.