Student Artist Profile: Noah Befeler

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Published November 1, 2016
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Noah Befeler is one of the founding members of Montclair State’s premiere improv and sketch comedy show, “The Dirty 9.” Photo courtesy of Noah Befeler
Noah Befeler is one of the founding members of Montclair State’s premiere improv and sketch comedy show, “The Dirty 9.” Photo courtesy of Noah Befeler

Noah Befeler is one of the founding members of Montclair State’s premiere improv and sketch comedy show, “The Dirty 9.”
Photo courtesy of Noah Befeler

Q: What is your biggest motivation?

A: I like to affect other people. I like to know that I’ve given them something new to ponder, or a new memory to fondly reminisce about. If they leave the theatre changed in any way, no matter how small—morally, politically—if they treat their family in a different way, or even if they start putting the toilet paper over as opposed to under, then I’ve done my job.

Q: How has Montclair State University fostered you as an artist?

A: Montclair State has offered me countless opportunities to perfect my craft. I’ve been in seven plays, one musical, a dance piece and I’m entering my third year as a founding member of Montclair State’s premiere improv and sketch comedy show, “The Dirty 9,” which has been described as “hilarious,” “gut-busting,” “visionary” and “appalling.” I feel most at home when I have the freedom to explore every aspect of myself, and to implement this into my myriad stage personas—and Montclair State’s productions really offer me the room to explore that I need.

Q: Who are your biggest supporters?

A: My parents, my professors and Taco Bell.

Q: Who are your biggest inspirations?

A: When I was four years old, my parents took me to see CATS on Broadway (the show, not just a herd of cats on the street). I sat through the entire show, spellbound, which was quite a feat considering I was still working on my bladder control. At the point in the show when all the cats come into the house and dance with the audience members, I distinctly remember one of them crawling towards me, like something out of a dream, twirling my shoelace just like a cat would. Something about that moment rooted itself deep inside my heart and took hold, and I knew I had to be somehow involved with this spectacular art. As far as people go, my biggest inspirations are Nathan Lane, Jonah Hill and Josh Gad.

Q: What’s your latest project?

A: I’m the assistant director for Iphigenia, which goes up at the Kasser Theater the first week of November. I’ll also be overseeing the fight sequences and providing a brief cameo. Outside of that, I’m meeting three days a week for “The Dirty 9” and generating hours of sketch comedy material with my peers. In addition, I am Daddy’s Favorite Little Boy.

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