Jed Feder is a Chicago-based percussionist, actor, guitarist, singer, sound designer, composer, and improvisor. Jed most recently appeared in Chicago Shakespeare's production of Pericles
. And, before that, Arena Stage's production of Mother Courage and Her Children
directed by Molly Smith
and featuring Kathleen Turner
. He was also recently seen playing drums for HERO
at the Asolo Rep Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Jed played for the original production of HERO
, written by Aaron Thielen
and Michael Mahler
, at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. That production won the 2012 Jeff Award
for Best New Work – Musical
. Jed also collaborated on the orchestrations for the original production.
Recently, Jed appeared in Shedd Aquarium's A Holiday Fantasea
, where he performed alongside BIG stars (mainly belugas
). Some other recent Chicago credits include the Marriott's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
(Benjamin), BoHo Theatre's Striking 12
(cast and percussion), and Chicago Shake's workshop WONDERLAND
(Dormouse) to name a few.
Jed was the Sound Designer for Retrocognition
, an animated short film directed by Chicago-based independent filmmaker Eric Patrick that is now playing at festivals worldwide, including the acclaimed Anima Mundi
festival in Brazil, and has won awards and recognitions worldwide
as well. Recent awards include the Cinesonika Golden Earwax
award and Best Sound Design
at Wild Rose Film Festival. Jed graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied Radio/TV/Film and Music Composition. At Northwestern, Jed was a member of the NU marching band and drumline, Boomshaka dance and rhythm ensemble, and X-Factors a cappella. Favorite Northwestern acting and percussion credits include David Bell’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Bell’s Waa-Mu: What’s Next?
, and Betsy Quinn’s Jungalbook
Jed is also the co-leader of Chicago band Late For Lunch
with Matt Deitchman. Jed and Matt also recently participated in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, where they studied with songwriters Craig Carnelia, Jon Lind, and Lari White
. They also recently performed in the National Dramatists Guild conference in Chicago as part of Having Our Say, Having Our Song.Their musical (written with book-writer Matt Boresi), Do Over,
was performed as part of the youth programming at the Music Institute of Chicago. They are currently in the process of developing their first album and first full-length musical.