The son of an Austrian lounge musician, Justin Mayer began his professional entertainment career at 16 as a pianist in restaurants around his home town. Shortly after, he began working with local theaters as an actor and director.
After leaving high school, he trained in New York City at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then in Paris with Teatro Punto, Blue Lake, California with The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and earned his MA in Classical Acting from The London Adacemy of Music and Dramatic Art. During all of this training, he founded his own theatre company and learned to sail.
Justin has lived and worked across the United States as an actor, stagehand, and deckhand. Sometimes, he teaches, directs, and entertains as well. If placed behind a piano, Justin will fall into a trance and play jazz standards until the drinks run out. He is a member of British Actors' Equity.
Justin is an Actor, Entertainer, Musician, Teacher, Director, Stagehand, and Sailor - in no particular order. He has also worked as a chef, but much prefers cooking at home and for friends.
He loves travel, and seems to get asked for directions everywhere he goes, no matter how long he has actually been there. He has worked almost exclusively on an itinerant basis, and is always happy to relocate for opportunities. If it were still feasible for actors to work from wagons, he would.
In his free time, he loves playing video games, reading books, and having adventures. He also loves learning new skills. Once, he taught himself to juggle using eggs, "because the consequence of failure ensured success." This same philosophy has followed him through most of his life. It's how he learned to drive a manual transmission, rock climb, sail, and was even instrumental in the development of this website.
During high school, he swam competitively, fenced, rode horses, and played recreational paintball. After high school, he napped a lot.
Justin identifies as "a massive nerd." He has played Dungeons and Dragons since the mid 1990's, worked at a renaissance festival, considers himself a very spoony bard, and still gets emotional thinking about being a leaf on the wind.
If you ever want to know more about Justin, or want to share your own stories, please reach out! Justin may perform for a living, but in real life, he's a little shy.