Josh returned to Valley Shakespeare Festival to perform as The Duke of Norfolk in Shakespeare's rarely produced, penultimate work, Henry VIII. The entire run was performed outside, in Veteran's Memorial Park in Shelton, CT.
Josh played Ned Spigget in The Acting Company's benefit production of Nell Gwynn (played by Alexandra Silber), directed by DC Shakespeare Artistic Director Alan Paul. Josh performed in a star-studded cast, including fellow Acting Company alums, former cast-mate Tom Alan Robbins, and Tony nominees Michael Hayden and Veanne Cox and Tony winner Frances Ruffelle.
The Merchant of Venice
Josh played the young lover Bassanio in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice directed by Tom Simonetti at The Valley Shakespeare Festival where Josh, "Naturally [fit] the part of the gentleman", in "a well-rounded performance chock full of good-natured ambition and smack-dab attitude."
Much to do about Much Ado
January 13th, 2018
After splitting 2017 between NYC and LA, Josh returned to his home state of Connecticut to play Claudio in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Caroline Kinsolving.
An Ideal Husband
April 19th, 2016
Josh recently performed in a staged reading of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater Off-Broadway. Playing Mason, James, & Mr. Montford, Josh performed alongside Michael Urie, Gabriel Ebert, and Dakin Matthews amongst many others. The reading was directed by Tony Nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) and was part of The Acting Company's Salon Reading Series.
Josh has Joined SAG-AFTRA
June 26, 2015
Josh recently finished working on Benders, a new TV show on IFC and through that work, Josh has earned his SAG-AFTRA card. Amazingly, the common name of Josh Johnston wasn't already taken, so Josh didn't need his backup choices of "Max Power" or "Marlin Brandeau".
Josh Becomes a Rock Star
April 9, 2015
Josh made his Rockwood Music Hall debut in early April 2015, playing with Reserved For Rondee and filling in on rhythm guitar and vocals for the band’s regular member Billy Magnussen who was off being a busy movie star. An indie-rock band, Reserved For Rondee was one of the headliners for Communion, a monthly showcase of the best new music from local, national, and international acts. On a personal note, the week leading up to Communion was an exciting challenge for Josh, who hadn’t heard Rondee’s music until a week before he filled in with them. Josh got to be a rockstar for a night, and would love to do it again, so here’s to future success for Billy!
Josh's Duplex Debut
Oct. 6, 2014
In early October '14 Josh made is Duplex Cabaret Theatre debut, playing the electric bass for two of his incredibly talented friends and fellow Ithaca College graduates, Katie Drinkard and Alyssa Magarian in their cabaret Fever. Selections from the show can be seen in the Videos tab of Josh’s website!
May 19, 2014
Less than a month after his national tour with The Acting Company ended, Josh made his Broadway debut (for one night only, but still!) in a benefit concert of The Cradle Will Rock. The production starred Patti LuPone and David Schramm, and was directed by Lonny Price (whom Josh has worked with half a dozen times and who gave Josh the acting bug at 11 years old). Produced by The Acting Company, Cradle was presented at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Josh was honored and thrilled to have acted alongside Acting Company alums from the last 41 years, and Josh's performance was praised by Playbill.com.
On the Road
Oct. '13 - May '14
Josh recently finished a year of touring with The Acting Company. In the company's 41st season, Josh travelled around the greater part of America from October 2013 through May 2014, playing Osric, Lucianus, & Francisco in Hamlet and Alfred in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The tour kicked off with a west coast stint across five states. After enjoying a month-long run off-Broadway at the Pearl Theatre in New York City in January 2014, the company embarked on their spring tour which brought them from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan down to the warm, sunny weather of Chattanooga, Tennessee with many stops in between. The tour concluded with a three week run at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN.