Joshua Kurtz

Ever since seeing a live production of Singing in the Rain, Joshua Kurtz knew he wanted to be involved in the theater. After watching the song Make 'Em Laugh, Josh leaned over to his mother and whispered into her ear, "I want to be like that guy!"

Since then, Joshua pursued his dream. He attended the Drama Academy at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. He has performed in numerous Community Theater productions throughout South Jersey, including Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, and As You Like It. He has also appeared in several short films and sketches on the internet. He is currently attending The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, and is enjoying performing with them in tours around the globe.

Josh enjoys helping others help themselves, and will regularly coach his friends through a class or audition, even if they are trying out for the same role as him. "I love to see people do well", says Josh. This is most apparent in the Live Action Role Playing (LARP) group he founded and facilitates. 20-50 kids (mostly teens), and the occasional adult, get together to role-play. Of course everyone comes for the fun, but they walk away with more. Josh, a natural leader and organizer, helps others to use improvisation and other theatrical techniques not only to immerse themselves in the game, but to build self confidence and camaraderie.

His latest accomplishments ground his roots even further in theater. Joshua wrote, produced and directed True Villains - The Musical, an original, full length show. The premier production sold out his high schools’ small theater four nights in a row and was later produced by Mainstage Center for the Arts. His second musical, 'Till Death do us Part, met with riotous acclaim. In Josh's more recent productions, he collaborated with Dominic Fera on Ordinary People, Ordinary Problems - a series of one-acts that are anything but ordinary. As these productions became more regular, Joshua formed "Aftershock Entertainment" to showcase his work and the work of others in the community. Aftershock is continuously growing, now having put on several more original and non-original musicals and shows, more of which continue to be produced every year. Aftershock is currently starting strong with their 2014 season.

"This is what I want to be when I grow up", Says Josh, referring to his involvement in the performing arts at age 20. "At this age, young adults are thinking and dreaming of their future. I'm living my future right here, right now."

What's New

Must Ketch
June 2015

I <3
February 2014

The Young Americans
Japan & China Tour
Sep-Dec 2013

Clue! The Musical
August 2013

July 2013

The Young Americans
UK & South Africa Tour
Jan-Apr 2013

To Be a Pirate
August 2012

The Young Americans
UK Tour
Jan-Mar 2012
Europe Tour
Sept-Nov 2012

The Young Americans
East Coast Tour
Sep-Nov, 2011

August 19-21, 2011

See Resume for Previous Work

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