GARDINER
COMFORT

"Comfort ... is a solo star who manages to rise above the limitations of the solo-show form by bringing in the world that helped to shape [him]." Hilton Als, The New Yorker.

Thanks for visiting my site! I'm an actor, writer, and teacher in New York City. Take a look around or read on to learn about me.

As a kid growing up in Tribeca, my mom (choreographer Jane Comfort) introduced me to downtown theater and dance venues like PS 122, HERE, and Dance Theater Workshop by bringing me along to rehearsal. (She put me in her shows sometimes too.)

I studied acting at Skidmore College, SITI Company's Summer Intensive, and the British American Drama Academy in London. I continued my training at The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, and got my MFA from the American Repertory Theater IATT/MXAT at Harvard University (also known as A.R.T.)

I've done lots of movement oriented experimental theatre with companies like Mabou Mines and Hotel Savant, and have worked with great theater companies like The Civilians, Richard Maxwell's New York City Players, and 13P.

I earned my stripes as a substitute and after school teacher in public, charter, and private schools all over New York City and, for the last 4 years I've been an adjunct professor at Queens College in the Department of Drama, Theater, and Dance, teaching acting and theatre history. I volunteer with the invaluable Arts-In-Ed organization, The 52nd Second Street Project. I also coach adult actors of all experience levels. Check out my coaching page to learn more.

In the last few years, I've been writing and performing solo material and have now produced two full length solo shows in New York City. One, YOU'RE NOT TOUGH is an eclectic collection of New York characters in the genre of old school solo artists I grew up admiring like Eric Bogosian, Sarah Jones, and Danny Hoch. It was presented at Dixon Place in 2013 and then again in 2014 as part of HERE Arts Center's Sublet Series. It was directed by Kel Haney. Kel and I later collaborated on another show called THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER. It follows a zig zag journey of my life with Tourette Syndrome and is a wild and original show. We built it in the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program and have performed it at La Mama and NY Theatre Workshop's Next Door Series. We also continue to tour the show to arts organizations and med schools across the country. I believe this is a pretty cool show that's unlike anything else out there, and we hope to continue in a commercial run.

As mentioned, I have Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable physical and vocal "tics" (sudden movements and sounds). Living with this condition can be incredibly challenging. (I get a lot of lectures from annoyed strangers on the subway). It's also given me the gifts of emotional self-awareness and compassion for everybody who struggles with learning disabilities, feeling "weird" or like an "outsider", and especially kids with developmental challenges. I work closely with the NYC Chapter of the Tourette Association of America, mentoring children and speaking at schools. Check them out here.

Like many people with Tourette, I believe it's given me some unique abilities, acting being the main one. And thankfully, my tics never happen on stage or on set. I've given a few Tedx Talks about this which I recommend.

My other interests are long distance running, the great outdoors, biking, swimming, hiking, record collecting, New York City history, world news, old school hip hop, etc. etc. etc.