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Juha Hippi (born 1975) is an actor, director and dramatist. He has worked professionally in theatre, television and on the big screen since 2004, when he graduated from the screen-acting course at the Helsinki University of Applied Sciences. He has won a Best Actor award at the Uneton48 (Sleeples48) film competition as well as in 2011 at the Pieksämäki Monologue Competition. His directing credits include; Pakko Skarpata (Have to get it together), a short film that has been shown by the Finnish Broadcasting Company; and in theatre his most important credits are Gangrene The Musical as well as Last Call, a monologue about alcohol, which he wrote and directed in co-operation with Mikko Räty.
Hippi has co-written all the short films that he has directed as well as Last Call, a monologue for the stage and Gangrene The Musical.
Hippi has worked as an actor in several free theatre-group productions. He has toured in Finland and Russia while working in summer-theatre productions, studied acting as a post-graduate in Los Angeles and acted in international collaborations in Bulgaria and Estonia, to mention a few. Hippi is also a founding member of The Shameless Improvisation Theatre Company and President of the Teatro Labora Society.