Evil Dead the Musical Actor Profile: Josh Kemper! (playing Scott)

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  1. Where you were born/where were you raised? Columbia, MD. Lived in Baltimore for four years after college before moving to Chicago

  2. Zodiac sign: Capricorn with Leo Rising/Moon sign (outgoing and friendly but judging and manipulating our friendship the whole time. You're welcome for becoming a better person)

  3. What are/were the careers of your parents? Mom is an early childhood educational administrator and dad is a home repair man and at one time was a professional skier.

  4. Do you have any Siblings? Two older. We're all J's - Jaimie, Jonathan, and Josh. Parents are John and Jessica too.

  5. Where were you trained? BFA in Acting from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  6. Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: I sang "Bound to You" by Christina Aguilera (Burlesque soundtrack) at a cabaret recently and I'm looking for any excuse to use it at an audition.

  7. Why did you want to be a part of Evil Dead? Who doesn't want to die on stage every night with 7 of your closest frenemies?

  8. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Evil Dead) that you think is must-see: Snowgirls at Hell in a Handbag was all the absurdity I've ever needed in a holiday Showgirls parody. It was so dumb I loved it.

  9. Favorite horror movie? Stand alone: Cabin in the Woods. Franchise: Scream (2, 4, 1, 3). Ask me next week and I'll have flipped 1 and 4 again.

  10. Most played song in your music collection: Currently the "This is Lizzo" playlist on Spotify. Listen. Love it.

  11. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I was in a church musical that took place in a theme park and I played Jay, a custodian who ended up being a Jesus-like character. It was my first "lead role" and then the adults running it decided they didn't feel like doing it anymore so the show never happened. Memories.

  12. Worst onstage mishap: Being cast as Pablo in A Streetcar Named Desire in the 10th grade and saying all of my Spanish lines with a slight French accent because that's what I was studying in school at the time.

  13. Worst job you ever had: One summer I applied to about 20 places before landing a job at a Pier 1 Imports that I kept for two years. The job itself wasn't terrible but I'm still covered in glitter and that was ten years ago.

  14. Craziest audition story: When I was auditioning for my college program they had older students come in and work with you because the department wanted to see you work on your feet and "go for it." I was chasing this girl in circles while reciting a monologue from The Importance of Being Earnest except I was in socks and it was a wooden floor so I promptly slipped and slammed my face into the ground. I got a full scholarship.

  15. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: If I could just follow Norbert Leo Butz's resume I'd be a happy man.

  16. What were you afraid of as a child? Mediocrity. And bees. I got stung a lot as a kid. By the bees, not by mediocrity.