Dylan Mackenzie Saunders (born April 8, 1987) is an American actor, voice actor, and singer. He is known for playing Joseph Sturridge on the AMC drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, and as a founding company member of the digital new media company, StarKid Productions.
Early Life and Education
Saunders was born in San Francisco, California, performing in community theatre and school plays throughout his youth. As a member of American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory, Saunders went on to perform at the Connections Festival at London’s National Theatre. Saunders met and befriended fellow actor Darren Criss in a high school acting class while at A.C.T., before going on to obtain his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where he reunited with Criss to form what would later become StarKid Productions.
In 2010, Saunders spent a season as a company member of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, performing in such plays as The Government Inspector and Pygmalion. In 2012, he made his network television debut in Chicago Fire. In 2013, Saunders starred opposite Tony Award-winner Brian Dennehy in the revival of the political drama The Steward of Christendom at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2016, Saunders portrayed Prince Harry as part of the first American cast of the Tony Award-nominated drama King Charles III at Arizona Theatre Company, a role he reprised at the Pasadena Playhouse.
In 2017, Saunders appeared as Mr. Sparrow on ABC's American Koko, executive produced by Viola Davis. He recurred on the fourth season of Turn: Washington’s Spies as Joseph Sturridge. In 2018, he originated the role of Gobbo in Boston Court’s world premiere of Everything That Never Happened by Sarah B. Mantell. In 2019, he received an Ovation Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Mother’s Younger Brother in the Pasadena Playhouse’s revival of Ragtime, a performance that the Los Angeles Times praised as “strikingly idiosyncratic.”
Saunders is a founding company member of StarKid Productions, the new media company formed at the University of Michigan in 2009. Since its founding, StarKid has amassed over 285 million views on YouTube. The group made Billboard history when the original album, Me and My Dick, became the first charting student-produced musical recording, debuting at number eleven on the Top Cast Albums chart in 2010. Saunders has performed in the company’s productions of A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, Starship, Holy Musical B@man, A Very Potter Senior Year, Twisted, Black Friday, and A VHS Christmas Carol.
- March 26, 2013 - "Team StarKid Member Dylan Saunders Announces Debut Solo Album" BroadwayWorld.com
- April 03, 2013 - "Team StarKid's Dylan Saunders Talks Fan-Funded 'Confluence' Album " billboard.com
• Met Kobe
• Being Underated
• just wanting a wiggly doll
• Being in Love with Severus Snape
• Dropping f bombs as Dumbledore
• calling the police a pet peeve
• Having three lovers: Jane, Becky and Therapy
• making everyone fall in love with him
• making the entire fandom cry
• walking by interviews
• occasionally tooting and loving noodles
• kicking it up a Notch
• loving Mega Girl.
• Tom Houston × therapy
• being an icon.
• going above and beyond for Nightmare Time
• being a hufflepuff.
• Everything his fault (not really)