j p karliak
Voiceover Actor / Writer / Snappy Dresser
Welcome to the digital home of JP Karliak. Hailing from the "Electric City" Scranton, Pennsylvania, JP has voiced such iconic characters as Wile E. Coyote, the Tin Man, Willy Wonka, Kozo Fuyutsuki, N. Tropy, and Netflix's Boss Baby. He's also played a bunch of Marvel heroes and villains like Loki, Hawkeye, the Vision, and the exceptionally nasty Green Goblin in "Spidey and His Amazing Friends." Aside from VO, JP is an award-winning solo performer, founder of Queer Vox (the non-profit academy for LGBTQIA+ voice actors) and the co-founder of voter registration org NerdsVote. For more on JP's voiceover career, writing, activism, coaching, and all sorts of other tidbits, feel free to poke around. Thanks for visiting!
In this multi-award-winning, autobiographical one-act, writer/performer JP Karliak wants so badly to be the perfect son for his adoptive mother: a delicate Catholic housewife from Scranton. But realizing he can't be the ideal local boy, he seeks answers from a very different source: his fashion-writing, married-to-a-British-pop-star birth mother. Through stories, characters and song, JP tells of his quirky relationships with these wildly different women and how sometimes you have to meet a "Material Girl" to truly appreciate "America's Sweetheart."
With direction by Tiger Reel (LA's Action! Theatre) and Matthew Craig (SNL, New Looney Tunes) and memorable musical arrangements and mash-ups by Billy Thompson (Invasion! The Musical) and club staple DJ ChocliXxX, this hilarious and touching solo performance has garnered awards in New York, LA and San Francisco.
OTHER ONE ACT PLAYS
Let It Snow - In this all-inclusive winter's tale, Ms. Vanderbilt's first grade class is deadlocked on what the theme of the winter pageant should be. Each of her students has their own colorful and creative idea. Luckily, her class gets a little help from the sky, as the first snowfall comes in time to inspire a compromise.
December, 2004, Pandora's Academy, Bordentown, NJ
Rumpelstiltskin - Two bumbling raconteurs set the stage for a fresh take on the classic children's tale, featuring a career-minded maiden, the sweetest of princes, and a funny yet fearsome conjuring of the titular villain.
July-August, 2004, Olio Theatre Works, Long Beach, CA (traveling show)
October, 2004, Dunmore High School, Dunmore, PA
Little Things Like Dancing - A group of high school pals travel home for a final visit with their friend Dana, who is dying of cancer. As they recount the rollercoaster ride of her illness, they each remember the little moments with Dana that will affect their lives forever.
March, 2001, The Lab Theatre, Washington, DC
Monologues published in the Applause Acting Series anthologies "Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny." I appear in the Men's, Teen Boy's, Teen Girl's, Kids and LGBT editions. Edited by Alisha Gaddis. Now available via Amazon and in theatre bookstores.
The good news? More LGBTQ+ characters are appearing in animated and interactive titles every year! The bad news is these roles are often cast inauthentically, and the industry as a whole struggles with how to handle "queer casting." I not only want to see more queer characters on screen but also more queer actors in the booth. So I founded Queer Vox, a not-for-profit training academy and community for LGBTQ+ voiceover actors, with an emphasis on trans/non-binary/genderqueer performers and BIPOC queer folx. Our goal is to train and showcase queer voiceover talent while championing true representation behind the mic. Want to learn more? Contact us via www.queervox.org.
I'm one of the co-founders of NerdsVote, a non-partisan organization linking gamers, con goers, cosplayers, and pop culture fans of all kinds to voter registration opportunities in the U.S. From getting out the vote at "comic-cons" nationwide to digital events with "Notable Nerds," we're spreading the word that voting matters in every election. Visit our website for all the latest information about our efforts! www.nerdsvote.com
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Snappy Dresser Links
Here are links to some of the awesome artistes who make me look extra snappy:
T-Shirts - Andrew Ahern, Glen Hanson, and Swish Embassy
Hair Styling - Tonia Jost
Photography - Christopher Carlisle