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Freshman Focus: Jonathan (J.J.) Johnson


May 2013

Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

Major(s)/Minor(s): Speech/ Theatre Education

Age started theatre: My first show was when I was a baby, however, I started acted consistently at age 16.

Dream role & why: Max Bialystock, I LOVE The Producers. I would say it is one of my most favorite shows. Max's character would be one that comes to me more naturally, because we share some similarities. Key word "some", I don't go around trying to woo the old ladies, that just kinda happens. Also I just love his songs. I feel that he is a character I could just run with.

Productions I've been involved in: Recently, I was involved in Chicago, which was a different role for me, and I loved it. Working with Dr. Corinne Johnson for the first time was an awesome experience, and truly helped me grow as an actor. Although I have done other productions in between, Anything Goes was another one of my favorite shows I was in. I played wanna-be-tough gangster Moonface Martin and absolutely loved that role.

Latest project: Chicago at St. Ambrose

Why I chose SAU: After my scholarship audition, I knew this was the right place for me; great location, great department, great people. I really love the people who surround me, and honestly can say this is where I want to be.

If I could have any job in the world: Working in Hollywood. Yeah it's cliché, but it would be awesome to get paid great money to do what I love. However, entertaining people is what I love to do the most, and anytime I can do that I am happy.

What inspires me the most: My family, they have shown me that hard work can get you places in life. They are the examples I model my life after.

Where I see myself in 5 years: Graduated from college. I think that I want to give California a try and audition for things out there, just to know that I tried. I don't want to be one of those people who looks back on my life and regretted not shooting for my dreams.

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