Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spotlight On...Justin Hofstad

Name: Justin Hofstad

Hometown: Casper, WY

Education: I have an AFA in Musical Theatre from Western Wyoming Community College, and then earned my BFA in Acting from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Favorite Credits: Kev in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo directed by our very own Mark Cirnigliaro, and Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Karen Babcock.

Why theater?: It's thrilling; every single night. And with that thrill, there is a dialogue between the audience and the performer that I haven't found anywhere else. It's a special thing.

Tell us about Hounds of War?: Hounds of War is about a dysfunctional family fighting for the domestic dream, only to have it shattered by their past and potential futures. Everyone has a choice, but are those choices made for ourselves or the people around us?

What inspires you perform in Hounds of War?: HoW portrays raw themes that I want to bring to life. With good writing and a passionate group of people, it's hard not to be inspired.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I like gritty theater. Work that makes you question your moralities and ideas, and build upon them. I can't stand that happy go lucky crap. I want it to challenge me, and the audience. Theater should help you grow, not support stasis. I'm inspired by the people close to me, and the many many artists I hold a high regard. If I were to write my list of muses, this interview would be pages upon pages long.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Casting Directors Alexa L. Fogel and Meagan Lewis....

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hand of God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, and "Hounds of War."

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I'd rather cast one of my friends. So, guys, you can fight it out for that blockbuster. "Skål!"

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Occasional guilt, but very rarely... Hot Sauce. On everything.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: The entirety of The Beatles "White Album" Side one.

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: In film.

What’s up next?: Will be re-vamping an immersive theatrical adaption of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with Floodlight Productions. As well as performing in On the Rocks.