Chicagoland Stage/Screen Actor, Voice Talent, and Improviser

 DJ Gierhart has worked and performed in many different venues in his native state of Ohio. After graduating college, DJ began 2 years of professional work as an actor in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.  DJ now resides in Chicago, IL., after relocating from Minnesota in the summer of 2013.

During high school, DJ was represented by Heyman Talent, and modeled in Columbus, Ohio until relocating for a college.

After graduating high school, DJ  began training at Bowling Green State University's Department of Theatre and Film, earning a B.A. in Film Production and Theatre. During his undergad training, he performed in many student films and stage productions, which include playing "Talthybius" in The Trojan Women, "Saturninus" in Titus Andronicus, and "Algernon Moncrieff" in The Importance of Being Earnest  , and worked on tour as a paid performer for the University's children's theatre troupe, titled "Treehouse Troupe." During one of his college summers, he interned at the Sketch Comedy and Rock n' Roll Theatre "Shadowbox Live!" (formerly Shadowbox Cabaret) in Columbus, Ohio. After graduation, he was hired as a full-time actor/educator at the educational theatre, CLIMB Theatre for a full contract to tour the Upper Mid-West, as apart of the Performance Company (PerfCo). After completing his contract, he moved on to perform in a lead role ("Jack") for the politically moving stage production of Steel Kiss, which was showcased at the  2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival and was remounted for 3 other theaters in the Twin Cities (the show was given the Lavender Award for "Superior Achievement in Ensemble Acting"). DJ also earned A.E.A. Equity Membership Candidacy through being apart of the cast of the 2013 production of King Lear (directed by Peter Moore) at Park Square Theater.  The comedic role of "A.C. Slater" followed in a stage production of "Saved By The Bell"  (co-starring with Patrick O'Brien as "Mr. Dewey") at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater. Along with doing stage productions during his 2 years in the Twin Cities, DJ acted for various leading roles in independent films that were shot and produced in Minnesota. He also began training in stage combat (unarmed, rapier, and broadsword) through a local theater company, and received training in Improv and Sketch Acting at Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop (bravenewworkshop.com), in which he performed in various showcases during his time there. Now in Chicago, DJ has graduated from The Second City's Improvisation for Actors Program, its Music Improv Conservatory Program (secondcity.com), and The Green Shirt Studio's Sanford Meisner Acting Program (greenshirtstudio.com), and will soon graduate from iO Chicago's Improv Training Program (ioimprov.com/chicago) DJ also continues to study performance as a Guitarist and as a Martial Artist.

 

Below you will find previous headshots, production photos, and audition videos. 

 


Headshots

 


Production Photos


Audition Videos and Acting Demos

Part 1 of 3 of a video audition for CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota. The video audition consists of a small section to talk about myself (DJ) and why I am eager to apply to CLIMB, then a normal performance of piece from Noel Coward's "Point Valaine," then the same monologue performed as a Crone, a Troll, and then a 19th Century British Dandy.


Part 2 of 3 of a video audition for CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota. The video audition consists of a small section to talk about myself (DJ) and why I am eager to apply to CLIMB, then a normal performance of piece from Noel Coward's "Point Valaine," then the same monologue performed as a Crone, a Troll, and then a 19th Century British Dandy.


Part 3 of 3 of a video audition for CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota. The video audition consists of a small section to talk about myself (DJ) and why I am eager to apply to CLIMB, then a normal performance of piece from Noel Coward's "Point Valaine," then the same monologue performed as a Crone, a Troll, and then a 19th Century British Dandy.


Current acting résumé available upon request (see contact page).