Justine S. Harrison’s diverse exposure to the performing arts has blossomed into a growing acting career. Her grandmother, Shirley, produced and owned a theater company in Long Island where Harrison grew up. Her parents instilled in her a love and respect for arthouse and foreign films with frequent trips to the independent cinema.
Justine Harrison’s piercing green eyes have certainly helped her land roles, but so has her talent and training. Harrison studied acting since junior high and high school at various institutions including New School University, HB Studios (Austin Pendleton, Anne Jackson, Mark Blum), Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts (famous alumni include Gideon Glick of Broadway’s
To Kill a Mockingbird and Zooey Deschanel), The Barrow Group, and more.
Harrison can be seen in many arenas in film, TV, and theater. Her credits include projects for Netflix, Amazon Prime, MTV, TLC and other streaming platforms. Harrison starred alongside Hemky Madera in
The Last Intervention, RJ Brown in “Matza Pizza” (200k+ views) and many more talented artists and creators. She also had a role in the very entertaining and unique film titled
Spring Break Zombie Massacre, created by and starring two artists with Down Syndrome (Matti Zufelt and Sam Suchmann). This film was featured in People Magazine, Buzzfeed, PBS, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” A documentary about this project is slated for release next year.
Harrison’s theater credits include the New York Fringe Festival for the New York premiere of the Clive Barker play
The History of the Devil
. She also played the lead in the six-week run of the East Coast Premiere of the play
by Bill Sterritt, receiving many positive reviews, including one from the
. She’s performed at venues such as La MaMa in NYC.
One of Harrison’s dream roles would be a slow-moving, existential drama that’s European in style. Influenced by a European cinema class she took in college, Harrison is a fan of directors Michael Haneke, Bela Tarr, Tarcovsky, and Sean Ellis. She also enjoys the work of American directors Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Marc Vallée and Rick Alverson. When she’s not in front of the camera or under stage lights, Harrison is writing. She is an avid poet, having written over 50 poems, and a script writer/producer with an upcoming project slated for production in December 2019.