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Matthew Gray

Matt Gray is a director, actor, designer, educator, and researcher. He trained as an actor in Canada (University of British Columbia), then as a director in London (LAMDA), and then started directing and teaching in Drama Schools in the UK. While teaching, he also directed productions in Edinburgh, Bristol, London, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In 2005 he moved to Pittsburgh to teach at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, then moved to Boston in 2011 to teach at Northeastern University. He has also taught and directed at NYU Tisch. In 2015 he became Artistic Director of Salem Theatre. All the while, he has been directing (Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, and Salem), designing (Pittsburgh, Boston, Salem), teaching and exploring new ways to use performance training (Game Design, Robotics and Interactive technologies). Right now he is designing the Media for Company One Theatre’s upcoming production of Dry Land, directed by Steven Bogart, as well as mounting a four hour immersive Live Action Role Play (LARP) at the Salem Pioneer Village with Northeastern University Game Design Faculty member Alessandro Canossa.

Living the Dream Podcast #15
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Living the Dream Podcast #15

Rachel Keller

22 January 2016

In this episode, Matthew Gray discusses the lack of diversity during awards season, and interviews Rachel Keller, co-star of Holidaysburg and Fargo: Season Two, about her journey. 

Living the Dream Podcast # 14
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Living the Dream Podcast # 14

What Actors Mean to Us

14 January 2016

In this episode, Matt Gray reflects on what actors mean to us and whether the awards season is the best way to honor them.

Living the Dream Podcast # 13
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Living the Dream Podcast # 13

PigPen Theatre Co., Part 2 of 2

17 December 2015

In the second part of Matt's interview with Pig Pen Theatre Co., he speaks with Matt, Curtis, and Ben. They discuss how to avoid cynicism for the business, speaking a common language with your collaborators, and Jerome Bettis.

Living the Dream Podcast # 12
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Living the Dream Podcast # 12

Ali Stroker

11 December 2015

Ali Stroker is currently starring in Deaf West’s acclaimed Broadway production of Spring Awakening. She is the first leading actor in a wheelchair on Broadway. She’s part-trailblazer, part-advocate, part-instigator and all artist.

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Living the Dream Podcast # 11
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Living the Dream Podcast # 11

PigPen Theatre Co., Part 1 of 2

3 December 2015

Today is the first part of a two part interview with three members of the PigPen Theatre Co. (Ryan Melia, Arya Shahi and Dan Weschler). We discuss actual Rat Kings, the ‘tiering’ of Drama Schools and finding your own identity in the actor training process.

Living the Dream Podcast # 10
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Living the Dream Podcast # 10

Kristolyn Lloyd

19 November 2015

Matthew Gray interviews performer Kristolyn Lloyd about choosing ethics and principles over panic when building your career, the importance of shaping your own education, and developing new work.

Living the Dream Podcast # 9
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Living the Dream Podcast # 9

Kara Lindsay

5 November 2015

Today I talk with Kara Lindsay, currently playing Glinda in Wicked on Broadway. We talk Broadway dreams, audition nightmares and coming to terms with the ebbs and flow of the business.

Living the Dream Podcast # 8
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Living the Dream Podcast # 8

Gretchen Egolf

29 October 2015

Gretchen Egolf and I talk about the cultural differences between the business in the USA and the UK, the difference between acting for cameras and acting onstage and nursing an ongoing displeasure of auditioning…

Living the Dream Podcast # 7
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Living the Dream Podcast # 7

Tasso Feldman

22 October 2015

This week I’m speaking to actor Tasso Feldman. We talk about acting books and their traps, the difference between stage and screen acting.

Living the Dream Podcast # 6
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Living the Dream Podcast # 6

Cameron Knight

15 October 2015

Actor and teacher Cameron Knight is a force. He is also one of the most important acting teachers in the country.

Living the Dream Podcast # 5
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Living the Dream Podcast # 5

Bethany Caputo

9 October 2015

Bethany Caputo is a prolific stage and commercial actor, as well as an extraordinary teacher. Today we talk Michael Chekhov, the need to love auditioning, and how “falling off the beam” can sometimes be the very best thing for your career.

Living the Dream Podcast # 4
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Living the Dream Podcast # 4

Seth Lepore

1 October 2015

In this podcast series, Matthew Gray interviews all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. Find it in iTunes.

Living the Dream Podcast # 3
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Living the Dream Podcast # 3

Maurice Emmanuel Parent

24 September 2015

In this podcast series, Matthew Gray interviews all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. Find it in iTunes.

Living the Dream Podcast # 2
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Living the Dream Podcast # 2

Elena Araoz, Part Two

17 September 2015

In this podcast series, Matthew Gray interviews all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. Find it in iTunes.

Living the Dream Podcast # 1
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Living the Dream Podcast # 1

Elena Araoz, Part One

10 September 2015

In this podcast series, Matthew Gray interviews all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. Find it in iTunes.

Mea Culpa
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Mea Culpa

24 May 2015

Matthew Gray offers support from the academic arena for HowlRound contributor Seth Lepore’s charge that university theatre departments are not readying the next generation of theatre artists.

Living the Dream
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Living the Dream

In this podcast, I am interviewing all kinds of actors from all over to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit.