Will Roland

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Will Roland
Born (1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 29)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2011–present

Will Roland (born March 6, 1989) is an American actor and singer, best known for originating the role of Jared Kleinman in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. He is also known for his role in the drama film One Penny (2017).

Early life[edit]

William Frederick "Will" Roland was born in New York City to Beth and William J. "Bill" Roland, who co-owns Roland Antiques.[1] He grew up in the East Village, Manhattan and Locust Valley, Long Island, and attended Friends Academy for middle school and high school.[2] Roland graduated from New York University with a singing degree from Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

On November 8, 2018, Roland became engaged to his long time girlfriend Stephanie Wessels.[5]

Credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Category
2011 The Bus Ian Off-Broadway
2012 Billy Witch Michael
2012 Wonderful Town Frank Lippencott
2013 The Black Suits Nato Obenkrieger Center Theatre Group
2014 Academia Nuts! Joseph McCutter Off-Broadway
2015 Dear Evan Hansen Jared Kleinman Arena Stage
2016 Off-Broadway
2016–2018 Broadway
2018 Be More Chill Jeremy Heere Off-Broadway
2019 Broadway

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Category
2017 One Penny Collin

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Category
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Nerd #3 Episode: "The Mystery of the Intoxicated Intern"
2016 Red Oaks Joel 2 episodes
2018 Billions Quant Kid #2 3 episodes
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Episode: "Kimmy Meets an Old Friend!"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2017 Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film One Penny Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Funny Performance Dear Evan Hansen Won
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Nominated
Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Dear Evan Hansen Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roland, Will (April 14, 2017). "Every day is opening night". DKC/O&M. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Dijkstra, Kimberley (January 24, 2017). "Will Roland Brings Laughs To Broadway Stage". Long Island Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "About Me". Will Roland. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (November 7, 2016). "How This Dear Evan Hansen Star Spends His Days". Playbill. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Be More Chill Star Will Roland Gets Engaged to Stephanie Wessels | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-11-29.