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An Interview With...Matt Robbins


How did you get started in theatre?
In the first grade I played Bunny # 1 in "Peter Cotton tail" at Ann M. Magarthur elementary school. It was all uphill from there!  

What hooked you? School play, Broadway show, etc.
When I went to see the Fantastiks at the tender age of 5, I wanted to be the wall!

What was the first show you ever worked on?
After Bunny # 1 in first grade, my next endeavor was John in "Peter Pan" at Camp Scatico.


What is your position on a production?
Performer and Stage Manager

Describe what your job entails.   What are the duties of a Stage Manager?
Basically from first production meeting to closing night, taking charge of everything and making things run smoothly for a cast and production team.

Did you go to school to learn what you do?
I am currently at Nassau Community College where I study Performing Arts.


What has been your favorite show to work on?
Definitely playing John Truitt for Gray Wig this past September in "Meet me In St. Louis". To perform on such a beautiful stage to such large crowds was very exciting for me.

What motivates you to keep doing what your doing?
Passion. If you are doing this, you have to love what you're doing!

How do you feel about pre-casting?
I think it is a necessity some time on Long Island. I just think it should be stated at the audition. I hate wasting time!

What was your worst theater experience?
Probably the night I played Josh Baskin in "Big" with 103 degree temperature.

What was your best theater experience?
Godspell a few years ago, I never felt so close with a cast. and anytime I do a show with Crazy!

Why do you work at the theatres that you do?
Location, quality of work, and most of all if they will cast me!


Do you think Long Island theater will continue to grow?
I hope so....I'm relatively new, and I want to stick around for a while!

What brings you greatest joy?
Little candy wrappers during a quiet scene!

What irks you?
Wasting time in rehearsal. I hate sitting around for hours and not being used.

If you won lotto tomorrow you would...
move to Aruba.....for good!!

Is it true you would rather be rich than good looking?
Money can't buy happiness....what am I saying?!? I would love to be rich!

What's your favorite word?


Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like the readers to know about?
I am Currently stage managing the Scarlet Pimpernel at CAP, and will be stage managing Romance Romance for Gray Wig in January.

What is your dream theatrical project?
One day I will be on Broadway!