Whit Hertford

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Whit Hertford
Whit Hertford in East London UK
Occupation actor, director, writer

Whit Hertford is an actor, director and writer.


Artistic Director of the London, UK based theatre company, Riot Act.

His adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull entitled, The Misbegotten Hope of the Dirty Bird (or A Meditation on the Proper Use of Firearms in Dramatic Literature) premiered at The Courtyard Theatre in 2015.

Other plays he's written include: Bloke, Lunatic (a reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker "Dracula" story), Endangered Species, The Space Program, Anatomy of Arithmetic, The Heimlich Maneuver, Dóttir (a devised play about Shakespeare's archetype motherless daughters); and the adaptations: Hero & Leander (from the poem by Christopher Marlowe) and Houses (a new version of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet").

He is a current MFA theatre directing student at The University of Essex's East 15 and has also directed at the Arcola Theatre in East London.

Film and television[edit]

His film career spans three decades and began at an early age, most notably with his appearance in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park.

In 2009 he co-founded the independent film company Sneak Attack (film company),[1] with director Ryan Darst. Their award-winning short and full-length films (written by Hertford) have screened at festivals all over the US and UK with performances from actors such as: Jon Heder, Nora Kirkpatrick, Matt L. Jones, Brian Huskey, Mary Kate Wiles, Lauren Lapkus, Kyle Mooney, Matt Bush, Rusty Schwimmer, Nick Thune, Johnny Pemberton and Brandon Quinn.

In 2014 he received Best Actor awards for his work as geneticist Jesse Darden in the science fiction independent feature film The Perfect 46[2] from the Other Worlds Film Festival in Austin, Texas and Filmquest Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Currently in production on the coming of age 1960s era thriller, Prettyface in the role of iconic cult leader and convicted killer, Charles Manson.

From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles as a sketch writer, performer and improviser. During that time he recurred as "Officer / Detective Ross" on the FOX comedy Raising Hope and as the tyrannical rival choreographer Dakota Stanley during the first season of Glee. Other TV credits include Psych, various appearances on Conan and as the voice of Cadet Kryze on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.



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