Often compared to Matthew McConaughey, actor J y Kern has eked out a promising career on both stage and screen. As an admirer of Billy Cradup and Parker Posey, Kern has enjoyed paddling his way up the stream of indie film rather than jumping into the ocean of Hollywood. Kern earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. While attending NYU, Kern earned critical acclaim for his performances in "Mojo" for the Atlantic Theater Company, "The Fastest Clock in the Universe" for the New Group Theater, and the minimalist "Saved" for renowned director Robert Woodruff. The actor also appeared on stage as Troilus in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida", directed by Sir Peter Hall for the Theatre for a New Audience in London.