Justin Michael Dietzellives in Chicago with his beautiful partner and is happy pursuing his dream of becoming a well-rounded, helpful existence within the world of theatre. In his two years so far in the city, Justin was seen on stage performing in the One Minute Play Festival (1MFP), CONNECTED (Collaboraction), DANGEROUS (The Cuckoo's Theatre Project), Theatre 906’s 10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL, and TURN THAT THING AROUND (Chicago Fringe Festival). He was grateful to work as Assistant Director on one of his favorite plays, OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET by Stephen Adly Gurgis at Eclipse Theatre . While working as Company Manager for COLLABORACTION, he was blessed with the opportunity to work as the Assistant Festival Director for THE 15TH AND FINAL SKETCHBOOK and their city-wide peace festival, PEACEBOOK, in which he also devised and directed one of the 21 world premieres. Originally from Michigan, Justin has worked with several delightful companies including; From Around Here Productions, The Wharton Center at MSU where he starred in Athol Fugard's Master Harold and The Boys, Performance Network, The Dionysus Theater, and What A Do Theater where he was a one of three founding company members. Justin obtained his knowledge of theatre while attending Alma College, AMDA, and while studying under Jim Jarrett in San Francisco at The Meisner Technique Studio. On occasion Justin is known to put on his "production hat" and work as Stage Manager, House Manager, or Venue Manager. He has co-produced two productions before The (Beat) came into existence, Tape by Stephen Belber in San Francisco and This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan in Michigan. Justin was the director and playwright of Hope Wanted, a new play about the homeless epidemic, which became The (Beat) Theatre Collective’s first production, a two week workshop in January 2017 that culminated in four performances. Justin can be seen starring in Peter Shaffer's Equus as Alan Strang, opening at The Skokie Theater on April 21st, 2017. He thanks many people for their constant love and support. Go Well. Be Well.
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