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Noah Galvin on the success of ‘Theatre Camp’ at Sundance and meeting Molly Gordon – WWD

Surname: Noah Galvin

Notable past credits: Galvin played the title role on Dear Evan Hansen after Ben Platt left the show, and stars on the TV show The Good Doctor.

Sundance Project: Theater Camp, which he wrote with his best friends Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman (both directors) and Platt, who also happens to be Galvin’s fiancé. The film, which sold to Searchlight for $8 million, is a mockumentary about a fledgling theater camp and those who run it. Galvin also plays behind-the-scenes manager Glenn in the film.

See the film come to life at Sundance: “It felt like the culmination of more than eight years of work and building friendships and relationships. And slowly trying to work my way out of the box of just being an actor and doing it hand in hand with my fiancé and two best friends has been such a bloody dream. Excuse my language.”

How they found out the film sold: “Basically, the festival is calling the filmmakers. Our two directors, our two first-time feature directors, Nick Lieberman and Molly Gordon, were named first. And then they FaceTimed Ben and I and they were just beaming, smiling from ear to ear, Molly jumping up and down. It didn’t take long for us to figure out what was going on, even though they tried to keep it a secret,” says Galvin. “Maybe it’s my half-Jewish, half-Catholic fault, but I’m looking over my shoulder waiting for a loved one to die suddenly here.”

The making of “Theater Camp”: “The emergence is friendship. Eight years ago, almost nine at this point, I met Molly at a workshop on a musical called Alice by Heart written by the Spring Awakening writing team. She was what I like to call my first adult girlfriend. We had both decided not to go to college and to work instead. Things were going pretty well for us, but not particularly well for either of us. We’ve both been actors for a very long time. And we were both 19 or 20 years old and we realized we wanted to do more than just be actors,” says Galvin. “When I met Molly, she kind of opened my eyes and opened up my world a little bit. And she said, ‘Yeah, let’s do something, let’s write something.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa. I’ve never considered myself anything other than just a musical theater performer.’”

Playing his character Glenn: “I think a lot of times we don’t give a voice to the people behind the scenes, the crew, the technicians, the stage managers and the gaffers,” says Galvin. “So I wanted to play a character that just felt like a different flavor, something that spiced things up a bit and also gave a voice to the voiceless.”

Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin

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