Justin Dobies is an adventure enthusiast and the oldest of six children from Edina, Minnesota. All before the age of 21, he backpacked around Alaska, horse-packed through Yellowstone, and lived both in a Celtic monastery and as a volunteer in a transitional home for homeless and recovering youth.
As high school valedictorian, he was accepted to the USC School of Cinematic Arts but opted instead to study acting at Yale University while also training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and taking graduate level courses at the Yale School of Drama.
In his time at Yale, Justin founded the Yale College Original Shakespeare Company where he served as Artistic Director for two years, directing productions such as JULIUS CAESAR and ROMEO AND JULIET and starring in the shows HAMLET and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. He also founded the Yale College Theatrical Combat Association where he choreographed fights for over 30 theatrical productions. Justin is currently finishing an academic book on the poetics of theatrical violence. His first play, DANGER MEN - AT WORK, premiered as a part of the Yale Drama Coalition's 2012 Playwrights Festival and is currently being adapted for the screen.
After graduating from Yale with Distinction in Theater Studies, Justin fulfilled his lifelong dream of building a raft and traversing the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans with his younger brother. The trip took 42 days, with adventures ranging from the dangerous (boat fires, huge storms) to the absurd (Asian Jumping Carp). After selling the raft to a local houseboat repairman, Justin moved to New York City where he began acting for theater and writing for men's interest journals.
As a young aspiring filmmaker, Justin’s short film "Goals" won the award for Best Documentary in the Stages Theater Film Festival and another one of his films screened at Harvard. In 2010 he shot a documentary short about sex trafficking in South Africa and Zimbabwe during the Soccer World Cup, where he and his team were exposed to numerous life threatening situations. This short has become a passion project of his and it is currently in post-production.
As an actor, he has appeared on stage in numerous classical works ranging from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Strindberg to Williams, and most recently starred as Petya Trofimov in the Treasure House Theater's production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD. On the big screen, he's appeared in the Sundance hit movie DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, and starred in the 2017 feature films GET THE GIRL (Orion Pictures) and WE LOVE YOU (Awesomeness Films). He's also recurred on the small screen in beloved shows such as MAKING MOVES (Fullscreen) and BROAD CITY (Comedy Central).
Justin will be a recurring guest star on the upcoming Netflix series, THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA.