The 33rd profile in the Cleveland Performing Arts Examiner ACTOR PROFILE series features JOSH RHETT NOBLE. This series (in interview form) is in process to “get to know” some of our own northeastern Ohio talent. Profiles will feature equity and non-equity actors, stage and screen actors, as well as young, old and in-between actors. These are your peers and your neighbors – please enjoy!
Full Name: Josh Rhett Noble
Years acting: Over 20
“Day Job”: Acting is my actual ‘day job’, but I also freelance as a photographer, specializing in the actor’s headshot.
Resident city: Grew up in the small town of Tallapoosa, GA, now live in New York when not working at regional theatres elsewhere. Currently residing in Lakewood, OH while employed by the Beck Center and PlayhouseSquare.
Official acting training: University of Miami Frost School of Music / Musical Theatre / Member of Actors’ Equity Association
Kate Miller: So let’s start out like the others, Josh- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Josh Rhett Noble: From the time I could walk and talk, I was dancing on top of tables to entertain my family. I knew back then I’d either be a performer or a stripper. Luckily, I caught the theatre bug.
KM: And so why did you start acting?
JRN: I absolutely loved the feeling of making people smile, laugh and being entertained; to have the chance to help people escape their hectic everyday trials is a true blessing.
KM: Any other actors in your family?
JRN: No actors, but my brother Jason Noble is an accomplished composer and conductor, also living in New York. My parents always supported and encouraged our talents. However, my Mom is tone deaf. Go figure. Hehe!
KM: So you sing.
KM: Do you dance, too?
JRN: Yes. I studied most all styles in college, but have a true love for hip hop. I think we all secretly wish we were pop stars, right?
KM: What do you think about all of the different dance competition shows that are on TV right now? Do you watch them? Do you have a favorite?
JRN: I’d have to say that So You Think You Can Dance is still my favorite out of the dance shows. I have watched it since season one.
KM: Are there any particular local venues where you work primarily?
JRN: Beck Center for the Arts, TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center, PlayhouseSquare. Fred Sternfeld and Scott Spence first brought me into the Cleveland area from NYC back in 2005 for Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (B&TB) at the Beck Center. Disney had been good to me, allowing me to portray the role of B&TB’s “Gaston” in various professional theatres across the country. I then landed the role of “Matthew” in the Cleveland premiere of Altar Boyz at the Beck Center, which is now being brought to the PlayhouseSquare’s Hanna Theatre this January for an encore. I fell in love with Cleveland, especially during the holiday season. It became a home away from home, and my family would travel from Georgia to visit me. I have truly fond memories of my late father here, and it is one of the main reasons I love coming back. That, and the warm, welcoming people in the community.
KM: Gaston – do you relate to the character well? Or is he the opposite of you in real life?
JRN: Besides the goofy, big-grin side of “Gaston”, I truly hope no one thinks I am like him in real life! Haha! It is always fun to play the villain or someone completely opposite of yourself. I remember the first time I was cast in the role and my friends said, “That’s the worst casting ever! You are too nice!” Hopefully, I proved that sometimes the nice guy doesn’t have to finish last.
KM: What keeps you coming back to Cleveland?
JRN: I absolutely love this area. The people are some of the nicest I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and the city has a thriving theatre community. I fell in love with Cleveland, especially during the holiday season. It became a home away from home, and my family would travel from Georgia to visit me. I have truly fond memories of my late father here, and it is one of the main reasons I love coming back.
KM: Let’s talk about your methods. How do you prep for an audition?
JRN: I try my best to study up on the play and role as much as a possible. I am a Virgo in every way, and I like going into situations with a plan and the knowledge of every little detail.
KM: For you, what’s the hardest part about acting?
JRN: I think the toughest thing about this career is the uncertainty of work. You never know when you are going to hit a dry spell. It isn’t like a “regular” job where you have the security of knowing it’s there next month.
KM: What’s your favorite role that you’ve ever played?
JRN: That’s a tough one! However, I would most likely say Robert (aka Bobby) in Sondheim’s Company. I just truly felt the proudest of what I accomplished in that production.
KM: What’s your dream role?
JRN: Any role that allows me to keep working! Haha! Honestly, I would probably say Fiyero in Wicked.
KM: You’re in Altar Boyz over at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare now – were you ever a fan of the boy bands of the 80s and 90s? Do you “channel” any of those guy groups?
JRN: Embarrassing as it is, of course I was a fan. My first concert was New Kids on the Block. It seems serendipitous that they are back performing with the Backstreet Boys at the same time the Altar Boyz take the Hanna stage. The group definitely channels them throughout the performance.
KM: Living in New York, what’s the most recent show you’ve seen on Broadway?
JRN: Before heading out of the city to work, the last thing I saw was Next to Normal. It’s excellent. Cleveland native Alice Ripley will be in the touring production, so everyone needs to get out and see it!
KM: Any thoughts on this whole Spiderman Broadway controversy?
JRN: I was very happy when Actors’ Equity stepped in to try and see what all was going on to make this production so dangerous. I salute the production team for wanting to put on a show that has never been done before, but the number one priority should always be the safety of the actors and crew.
JRN: Not a lot of time left for hobbies since my career encompasses most of my favorite things! However, I do love web designing, photography and anything artistic.
KM: And now we enter into “random land”. Do you have any pets?
JRN: I have a gorgeous, rescued, retired racing greyhound named Sophie. She is beautiful and one of the best souls in my life!
KM: Paper or plastic?
JRN: Plastic if necessary. If not, cloth bag!
KM: Democrat? Republican? Other?
JRN: To the one that makes the most sense!
KM: How did you celebrate the holidays?
JRN: With my loved ones, surrounded by a mess of Christmas lights and way too much food.
KM: What are your tips for surviving a cold Cleveland winter?
JRN: Head to the theatre! Escape the cold with an amazing show… and when you have to venture out into it, do not forget the long johns!
KM: What are your favorite “winter” things to do in Cleveland?
JRN: I love playing in the snow, seeing shows at all of the amazing theatres, strolls through Crocker Park and coffee with friends.
KM: How do you take your coffee?
JRN: Preferably iced, lots of milk and sugar.
KM: What’s your favorite spot to eat in Cleveland?
JRN: MELT! It is absolutely delicious. Any time you throw in grilled cheese, you are bound to have a hit.
KM: Favorite item to order at MELT?
JRN: Parma Italy. MMM!
KM: Why do YOU think Cleveland rocks?
JRN: It is a vibrant, sometimes overlooked city with so much to offer. The people are amazing and the arts are truly thriving all over. I love it here!
Be sure to check out Josh’s SLIDESHOW near the top / left side of the article here on glowbass.com!
Want to find out more about Josh? Visit his website at www.joshrhettnoble.com.
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