Academy Award and Emmy Award winning producer Milton Justice began his career as an assistant director at the New York Shakespeare Festival and has moved between academia and film, television and theatre throughout his career. On Broadway he produced Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre,. Off Broadway he produced Jack Heifner’s Vanities (which became the longest running play in off-Bway history and co-starred the then unknown Kathy Bates) and Das Luscitania Songspiel (written by and starring Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Durang) which was selected as one of the year’s best plays by the New York Times. Most recently he direct The Glass Menagerie for the the 30th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Festival.
Milton was mentored by the legendary Stella Adler and after asking him to teach at her school, she appointed him Artistic Director of her theater company in Los Angeles. With the Stella Adler Company, he directed Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (with the then unknown Mark Ruffalo), Shaw’s Misalliance, Vaclav Havel’s A Private View, Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (also starring Mark Ruffalo). The Company’s efforts were rewarded with seventeen local critics’ awards. In 1995 he was invited by New York University to teach as part of their acting program. He has also taught at Yale, Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand, given classes in London and Sydney, and was the Dean of the Institute for Creative Arts in Seoul, Korea. In 2016 Justice presented a workshop at the International Stanislavsky Symposium in Prague.
As an acting teacher he has had the privilege of coaching, teaching and directing a wide range of actors including Mark Ruffalo, Margo Martindale, Sean Astin, Kyra Sedgwick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Carmack, Chris Messina, Maura Tierney, and Patrick Stewart.
For his work in film and television, Justice received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and two Golden Globe nominations. His most recent film producing venture Losing Chase (directed by Kevin Bacon and starring Helen Mirren and Kyra Sedgwick) for Showtime, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Golden Globe award for Helen Mirren, as well as a Cable Ace award for the writer. In the fall of 2022, he directed The Glass Menagerie for the 30th Anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Festival. His book, I Don’t Need An Acting Class, was published in November of 2021 and his podcast, also called I Don’t Need An Acting Class, was recently listed at the 9th most popular entertainment podcast in history.
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readers a pragmatic philosophy, forged in his long relationship with Stella Adler and tempered with his avid
curiosity for new information on Stanislavsky and the elusive art of acting. Filled with wise words, useful
advice, inspiration, and humor, Justice’s book is a must-read.” – Sharon Marie Carnicke, author of Stanislavsky in Focus