Justin Ryan Burns

Justin Ryan Burns

Producer, Screenwriter and Actor

Chicago, Illinois

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February 2021
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About Justin

Justin is a writer, actor and producer based in Chicago. Growing up acting in the city's theatre scene with companies such as The Hypocrites, Jackalope, Redtwist and Rivendell, he was always breaking down text. Having the opportunity to work on world premier plays, he was able to learn the writing process from an actor's point of view. Being a part of these projects, and feeling the sensation of seeing a project go from nothing to something, he attended Columbia College Chicago to learn television writing and producing. In January 2020, he wrote and produced his first pilot 'The Come Up', which has gone on to screen and win awards at festivals such as SeriesFest and Catalyst.




  • The Come Up

    The Come Up Drama An inspiring limited series following three Chicago high schoolers who use slam poetry to navigate their increasingly complicated lives.


  • Catalyst: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Actress - The Come Up

  • SeriesFest: Best Ensemble and Best Drama Actress - The Come Up

  • Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival (UK): Best TV/Web Series - The Come Up

  • Irvine InternationalFilm Festival: Best TV Pilot - The Come Up

  • Crown Wood International Film Festival (India): Best TV Pilot - The Come Up

  • Seattle Film Festival: Best TV/Web Series - The Come Up

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