Austin Weyant is a Canadian/American Actor, Comedian, and Illustrator who has performed for
both film and theater. Like many young actors, he began doing musicals and plays in high
school back in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. After consecutively being awarded best Male
Performer in the Alberta One Act Festival, he was given the opportunity to continue studying his
passion at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. It was at this school that Austin was
also introduced to another passion of his, Comedy. While attending classes, Austin began to
regularly perform Stand Up and Improv and various clubs throughout New York.
Upon graduating from his program, Austin dove head first into the world of film and television.
Starting off with various “no budget” student and short films. One of which being The Last
Reunion which premiered at the Soho International Film Festival. Just a few months after
receiving his degree, Austin was cast in the feature film The Goldfinch where he received the
most effective form of education, working with some of Hollywood’s greats. While on set he took
every opportunity to listen and watch what the other actors and creatives did. The weeks spent
filming gave him a window into what this career and craft could offer. He was hooked.
Having that film on his resume opened many doors that may have otherwise not been available
and allowed him to travel the country working on projects. One of them being a psychological
thriller You’re Not Safe Here which allowed Austin to stray away from the more clean cut roles
he was used to playing. As a screwdriver wielding psychopath, Austin was able to work with one
of the greatest combat choreographers in the country to create some electric fight scenes.
After the release of the project, Austin decided to get back into what established his passion for
the craft in the first place, theater. He was approached to participate in the award winning one
act play The Glass Between Stars. This brought forth a string of successes in his career. Once
the play had closed, Austin was cast in the limited series adaptation of Three Women, a job that
was quickly followed by an opportunity to play a recurring character in the show Power Book II:
Ghost. While they were the first television shows that Austin was apart of, his introduction to TV
was actually through commercials for Bed, Bath & Beyond and Head & Shoulders.
While filming the third season of Power Book II: Ghost, Austin also began the rehearsal process
for a new play entitled Retraction. The play ran for a few weeks as part of CreateTheater New
Works Fest at Theater Row.
What started off as a way to stay occupied while waiting in his trailer, Illustrating quickly became
another passion of his. Most recently, Austin had a series of his cartoons and jokes published in
the comedy print magazine The Soho Review, where he was brought on board as a contributing
writer and illustrator.