Office Phone: (540) 432-4271
Cell Phone: (610) 585-1663
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: UC 275E
Justin Poole earned a BA in Communications with a Theater Emphasis at Eastern University. He holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Poole spent time studying experimental performance in Europe thanks to the Ernst Mach Grant through the Austrian Academic Exchange Program. He and his wife founded Wanderlust Theatre Company (www.wanderlusttheatre.org) outside of Philadelphia and are looking to remount the venture right here in Harrisonburg. His research interests are devised theater/ensemble play development, contemporary European experimental performance, and contemporary performances of classical texts.
Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Maryland, College Park, 2011)
MA in Theatre (Villanova University, 2006)
BA in Communications with a Theatre Emphasis (Eastern University, 2002)
“Performance Review: Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.” Theatre Journal, May 2010.
“Understanding the Ethics of Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Western-Centric
Practitioner’s Approach to Developing Theatre for an Arab Culture Organization.” International Publics: Creating Theatre Away from Home. Mid-American Theatre Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, March 2010.
“Report on Informal European Theatre Meeting in Bratislava.” GIFT: zeitschrift für freies theater (Vienna’s journal for independent theatre), July 2009.
“Initiatives for Cross-Cultural Collaboration in the Performing Arts in Europe and the United States.” Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium. Villanova, PA, January 2009.
“The Performance of Austria/Europe at the European Capital of Culture in Linz, Austria.” American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA, November 2008.
Directing/Devising Work (Selected)
In Development: Multi-Media Performance Adaptation of Text on the Arab Spring. Deviser/Director.
In Development: Untitled Choreographic Theatre Piece on Czech Folklore, Communism, and the Velvet Revolution. Deviser/Director.
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by James Lapine. (Certificates of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Directing, Ensemble Play Development, and Acting Ensemble). Director. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg, VA. April 2014
Children of Eden Music and Lyrics by Stephen Swartz and Book by John Caird. Director/Designer/Choreographer. Villanova University Student Musical Theatre. Villanova, PA. February 2011.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (dir. Blanka Zizka). Assistant Director. Wilma Theater. Philadelphia, PA. October-November 2010
Everyman: an Avant-Garde Progressive Performance of the Old English Morality Play. Director/Producer/Designer. Wanderlust Theatre Company, Philly Fringe Festival. September 2009.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Tanztheater. Director/Producer/Designer. Wanderlust Theatre Company, Eastern University and King of Prussia, PA. September 2007 and July 2007.
A Russian Arts Festival (Included an environmental/interactive staging of The Wedding Reception, The Bear, The Reluctant Tragic Hero, and The Proposal by Anton Chekhov, live music, and staged poetry readings). Director/Producer/Designer. Wanderlust Theatre Company, King of Prussia, PA, July 2006.
On-Screen Acting Credits (Selected)
(Screen Actor’s Guild – Eligible)
Television: The Wire (HBO), The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (WB), Hack (CBS),
Commercial: Bosch Security, Time Warner, White Marsh Mall
Film: Time Elevator (prod. Declan Baldwin), In the City of Brotherly Love, Suspended (Reading)
Print: Military Helmet Advertising Campaign, Plymouth Yarn, Rascal Scooters, Elsevier Medical Company, Department of Veterans Affairs