Boise actor Ira Amyx, who now lives and works in Chicago, is nominated for an Equity Joseph Jefferson Award — called a Jeff — for his role in Seanachai Theatre Company's production of Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer.”
Amyx received rave reviews for his performance, which has opened doors for the 36-year-old actor. Since then he’s performed with Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company, on an episode of Showtime’s “Shameless” starring William H. Macy, in the indie film “Hit Men,” and he has been receiving more auditions.
“Chicago is the land of opportunity for me, “ he says. “I love this town.”
Amyx grew up in the Treasure Valley. He took drama from Fool Squad co-founder Tom Willmorth at Vallivue High, and earned an undergraduate theater degree from Boise State University. He worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and did theater in Boise for a few years, including a production of “There’s Chinese Tunnels Under Boise and Other Local Legends,” a wacky exploration of Boise urban myths, co-written by Willmorth and Nick Garcia. He earned a graduate degree at Indiana University, Bloomington, then landed in Chicago after five years in New York City.
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It has taken a few years for Amyx to grow into himself as a character actor, but he is now hitting his stride. “The older I get, the better it gets, “ Amyx says. “I have an older soul. My personality fits these characters that I'm now old enough to play.”
Amyx co-founded Hero Solutions, a company that builds sets and effects for television, film and theater. He's done everything from local commercials to work on the new “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” It's been the economic mainstay that allowed him to build his acting career, he says.
He is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The production also is nominated for Best Midsized Production of a Play, Best Director (Matt Miller), Best Principal Actor (Brad Armacost) and Best Ensemble. The Awards will be handed out Oct. 13.