Justin Poole

Justin Poole

Office Phone: (540) 432-4271

Cell Phone: (610) 585-1663


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 275E

Assistant Professor

Theater Dept

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) and produced original work in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and 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)

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“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.

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

Directing/Devising Work (Selected)

Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix by William Shakespeare. Adapted and Directed by Justin Poole. Original Music by Jim Clemens. Capital Fringe Festival. Washington, D.C. July 2015.

Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring, and a Journalism Revolution by Andy Carvin. Adapted for the Stage and Directed by Justin Poole. In Development: Multi-Media Performance Adaptation of Text on the Arab Spring. Eastern Mennonite University. Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Harrisonburg, VA. May 2015.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Certificates of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for "Imaginative and Groundbreaking Conceptualization, Score, Costumes, Lighting Design). Adapted and Directed by Justin Poole. Original Music by Jim Clemens. Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg, VA. November 2015.

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