COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: Matt Gardner

Matt Gardner

Matt Gardner plays John Worthing in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

1) What has drawn you to be involved in theatre?

I’ve always loved performing. Some of the earliest stories of my childhood from my parents were about me standing on top of whatever makeshift stage I could find and telling stories. I guess it was just something that came naturally. However, I got involved in my first play when I was like 5 or 6, and have been loved being involved with theatre ever since.

2) What do you like most about the character you are playing or the job you are doing for The Importance of Being Earnest?

I just love this show. It’s so whimsical and clever. Jack is a lot of fun because he represents someone who stumbles into an impossibly tight-knit upper class by total happenstance, and works so hard to maintain that image. Yet, at his core, he is just as hypocritical and messy as the rest of the characters. His facade is much more tightly wound than some of the others, which gives the actor a lot of freedom to be absurd when he loses his grip.

3) What qualities do find most admirable in a person?

Honesty. Intellect. A good sense of humor.

4) What is your comfort food?

A really good steak, with some Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese.

5) Describe your greatest accomplishment.

I got my pilot’s license last year, and that was probably the most accomplished I’ve felt about anything. That was a lot of work, with a unique and highly satisfying payoff.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST runs November 20-24, 2019 at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center.

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