Justin Jones (Septimus) is thrilled to make his Theareorks debut. He was last seen in The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Earlier this year, Justin completed the Emerging Professional Residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. His Milwaukee Rep credits include A Christmas Carol (Ensemble) and Junk (Ensemble). Justin can be seen next in Actually at Renaissance Theatreworks in Milwaukee. He would like to send love to his family and friends, and especially to his Mom for finding him his first acting class.
Justin Jones: New York, NY.
TW: Home now:
JJ: New York, NY.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
JJ: Denzel Washington, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Damian Lewis.
TW: Were you ever totally miscast for a role (actors)?
JJ: Thankfully not!
TW: What would you be doing professionally if you were not an actor/designer?
JJ: I would probably work for an education nonprofit.
TW: Bucket-list role (for actors) or bucket list show (for designers)?
JJ: Iago in Othello.
TW: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
JJ: Totally and relatively!
TW: Which talent would you most like to have?
JJ: I would love to be able to cook really well!
TW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
JJ: Graduating from college!
TW: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
JJ: My idea of perfect happiness is being able to live in the moment and be grateful for all that I have.
TW: In your next life, you would come back as a...?
JJ: I would come back as the founder of an education nonprofit.
TW: Who are your heroes in real life?
JJ: My Mom and Dad!
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
JJ: My headphones!
TW: What is your motto?
JJ: Think about things carefully, but not too carefully.
TW: Who are your favorite writers or playwrights?
JJ: Arthur Miller, August Wilson, and Samuel D. Hunter.
TW: When and where were you happiest?
JJ: I was happiest in my house when I got accepted to many colleges that I liked!
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc) or watching (Netflix, Hulu, Prime) etc?
JJ: I'm listening to "Blue Water" by George Strait, "Talk" by Khalid, and "Retro" by Jeffrey East. And I'm watching "Mindhunter" on Netflix!
TW: What do you hope audiences get out of seeing Arcadia?
JJ: I hope that audiences get to grapple with the existential questions that the play poses. I think that the play allows us to sit with these questions without necessarily needing to answer them.
TW: Why does Arcadia matter now?
JJ: Arcadia matters now because it allows us to examine our lives and think about them more critically.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
JJ: Have kids read more plays in school, and provide them with opportunities to see and perform live theater!