Currently based in Toronto, Justen is a Canadian Director, Actor, and Playwright who has worked in Canada and the UK.
Over his career, Justen has worked as a director and actor on mainstage season shows, independent productions, festivals, and fringes in a variety of genres including contemporary, comedy, drama, Shakespeare, musical theatre, and period. He is especially interested in new work and queer theatre. Justen has recently entered the world of voice acting and is enjoying expanding his skills and experience in new ways.
As a playwright, Justen has written three plays, all of which have been produced. Most recently, The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You premiered at an off-West End venue in London, UK. Justen’s other works, Addition: An Unconventional Love Story and Selection, both had their premieres in Canada.
In 2005, Justen received his Bachelor of Arts – Drama from University of Alberta. Since then, his passion for knowledge has led him to training in areas including clown, physical theatre, dance, aerial arts, voice, and stage combat.
“Bennett’s direction is masterful”FringeReview.co.uk
A desire for new challenges backed by his skills and training have also led Justen to enjoy expanding his repertoire to include experience as Vice President at a 50+ year-old theatre company; Artistic Director and Producer within his own independent company (How Far? Productions); and Designer, Facilitator, Marketer, Audition Coach, and other roles as required.
Possessing a love of language and narrative, especially any work that plays with conventions of either, Justen is always open to new and exciting challenges. Having been involved in many premiere productions as director, playwright, actor, or selection committee member, he finds new work especially exciting. Justen is constantly searching for theatre that does what other mediums can’t.
Justen’s work as a director has been described as “sharp…engaging” [Time Out London], “refreshing” [The Stage], and “witty” [Edmonton Journal].
Justen is also a self-confessed geek, enjoying board games, sci-fi, fantasy, and technology. (He even made this webpage!)
Available for projects in and outside Toronto, Justen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.