This Friday we’re talking to Matt Redmond, a St Louis theatre native who is returning to intern at The MUNY this summer and devoted lover of Snapchat!.
Matt Redmond is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting and a minor in directing. Growing up in St. Louis, he has performed all over including Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (Next Generation Theatre) Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Insight Theatre) and Speech & Debate (Stray Dog Theatre). Last summer he worked in New York as a Programming Intern at Feinstein’s/54 Below as well as a Production Assistant on his first Broadway Show, Penn & Teller in Broadway. This summer he will serve as a Directing/Choreography Intern with the MUNY on The Music Man, Mamma Mia, and Aida.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: My first experience in theatre was my 6th grade play, Cheaper by the Dozen. It was the original play that takes place in the 1950’s. I played the know it all youngest brother who was always trying to get into everyone’s business. I think they were trying to type me at a young age.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: I was working an event for Kelli O’Hara at OCU, she did a benefit concert, and so I got to hang out backstage with her and help her with whatever she needed. She asked me about my plans for after graduation, the “real” world, etc. I of course asked her if she could give me one piece of advice what it would be and she, without any hesitation, said, “Stay curious. You don’t have to have the answer to everything or know everyone even though you’ll want to.” That piece of advice immediately impacted me.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: A year and a half ago I was in The Grapes of Wrath with Oklahoma City Repertory. I played Connie Rivers, one the main character’s low life boyfriend who travels across the country with them. We all had to cram into this truck onstage that stood still, but was on a turn table to give the effect of traveling. As we neared performances, the turn table began to have a mind of its own and would occasionally stop and start when it wasn’t supposed to. We made it through about 5 performances without any issues, but finally one performance it just stopped when it clearly was not supposed to. So a couple of us got out and did some improv as if we had to “push” the car on the road, then the turn table immediately started. We had that battle back and forth a couple times and honestly we looked so stupid- but it was pretty hysterical, us jumping in and out of this truck.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: I’m going to cheat and give 2. In a musical I’d love to play the Emcee in Cabaret and in a play I’d love to play Jordan in Significant Other.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: Grace and Frankie on Netflix for sure. I watch a lot of reruns or already aired shows on Netflix/Hulu, but this is the first “new” show I’ve watched in a while. It shouldn’t be as funny as it is to me, but sometimes I identify most with 70 year old Jewish women whose husbands have left them for each other.Five Question Friday
Thank you Matt!! Check back next Friday for another behind the scenes feature on a St Louis actor!!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator. This summer she is directing Annie Get Your Gun at Ozark Actor’s Theatre and working on The Veiled Prophet Parade. See her work at gracemaustin.com