Jordan Reinwald ’97

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 9.37.23 AMJordan Reinwald played the part of Joseph in Westminster’s 1997 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and recently had the opportunity to return to Westminster to see the show performed for a second time, 15 years later, by Westminster students.

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After seeing the show, Jordan said, “The blending of the narrators’ voices, the brothers’ distinct individuality, and the pure depiction of the character Joseph was an accomplishment unto itself. The show is chock-full of comedic bits, which rang true for this group of hardworking performers. Canaan Days was simply a great lesson in stopping a show, and the brothers didn’t fail. Even the show’s familiar moments of forgiveness and redemption gave me spectacular chills. The entire cast and crew have to be entirely proud of their enormous dedication and final product.”

After graduating from Westminster, Jordan enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and a B.S.B.A. in Marketing in 2001. In 2000, he had the opportunity to study abroad at Middlesex University in London and a year later, decided to prepare and audition for The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), one of the oldest and most well-respected acting schools in the world. Jordan graduated from LAMDA with a Post-Graduate Degree in Classical Acting Studies in 2003.

Jordan’s acting career then took him to New York City, where he appeared in off-Broadway productions, print ads, and found work as an extra. After three years, he left New York in hopes of making a fresh start in Chicago, as he wanted to see firsthand the business side of films and commercials. Jordan freelanced as a Casting Director Assistant at TP&R Casting, where he worked on dozens of projects from George Clooney’s Leatherheads and HGTV shows to the filmThe Express. While Jordan was experiencing success in his career, he describes feeling like he was in “survival mode.”  Jordan shares, “Looking back, I can’t believe how much pain I was experiencing because of my unwillingness to allow God’s voice to penetrate me.  I needed to go home. After 10 years being away for higher learning, worldly living and traveling, I moved back to my hometown in 2007.”

Once he returned to St. Louis, Jordan rededicated his life to Christ and joined St. Louis Family Church and Service International in a number of service projects like tornado and flood relief. Jordan said, “I needed to serve in order to come back to the realization of Christ’s servanthood.” He was anxious to exercise his acting and creative abilities but knew he “had to give God the controls if there was any chance of succeeding.”  Soon Jordan began acting in local commercials, pilots, training videos, feature films, and even took on featured extra work for the film Up in the Air. The St. Louis Repertory Theatre Company employed Jordan as an official union actor, and he joined the Actor’s Equity Association, traveling with their Imaginary Theatre Company for six months, performing for children’s audiences in Missouri and Illinois. In 2010 Jordan decided to play title role in a three-month film production called Walther, which has played in over 5,000 churches and various film festivals.  In addition, Jordan has been part of St. Louis Family Church’s regular theatre productions from Godspell to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where he again had the opportunity to play Joseph!

Jordan met his future wife Jenni in 2008 after returning to St. Louis, and the two were married on October 1, 2011 at St. Louis Family Church. Jenni is a surgery scheduler at St. John’s Mercy hospital. Jordan and Jenni are involved with their church through musicals, youth trips, service relief and nursery work.