Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
Justin is happy to be joining the Department of Theatre Arts as an Instructor of Musical Theater. He is a dynamic actor, singer, playwright, scholar, and educator working across fields and genres. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Musical Theatre from Tulane University in New Orleans.
As a performer, he appeared in the original Las Vegas company of The Phantom of the Opera, working with the original creative team of Harold Prince and Gillian Lynne. He went on to appear in both the National Tour and the Broadway companies. Some of his New York performing credits include Kismet in the City Centre Encores! series, the PBS Broadcast of Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic, a recital of Kurt Weill works at the Bruno Walter Recital Hall at Lincoln Center, The Christmas Rose at Carnegie Hall, and the revival of On the Town on Broadway.
His regional credits include Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage), Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse), Floyd Collins and The Threepenny Opera (Weston Playhouse), The Music Man (Arena Stage), The Student Prince (North Shore Music Theater), and recently Sunday in the Park With George (The Guthrie).
Justin has performed widely on the opera stage as well, appearing with Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Atlanta Opera, Opera Comique Paris, and New Orleans Opera, among many others. He also appeared in a special German-language production of Show Boat at the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele in Germany. He has performed widely throughout Russia, where he was an exchange student at the tender age of 16.
Research interests include: African American Musical Theater, the Harlem Renaissance, the choral conductor Eva Jessye, and the writer Nella Larsen.