Ep #12: Dakin Matthews on Acting the Classics and Your Artistic Family
By Nathan Agin, Actor, Entrepreneur, Shakespeare Nerd
Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, teacher, and scholar. He has 150+ credits on IMDb, has taught Shakespeare around the world, worked on Broadway and won awards, and was artistic director of several theatres—and he started out to be a priest! We talk about feeling confident and intimidated, why the classics are important, what being a professional means, and more. This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook and a 30-day trial at workingactorsjourney.com/audible Dakin Matthews around the web IMDb | Wikipedia | IBDb | Actors Access | His former Andak theatre company Highlights Dakin's father as an indentured servant How acting in a Shakespeare play gave him a more intimate knowledge of it The situations when he feels in awe of people How he approaches working with or teaching younger actors The production of Shakespeare he saw that really changed his view of what theatre could be How he ended up teaching at Juilliard and eventually performing in The Acting Company Why he feels acting is his primary skill, above being a teacher or scholar Why there aren't great Shakespeare acting classes online How he approaches playing real people, and the roles that he couldn't quite figure out The out-of-left-field offer to get involved with Rocky the Musical How Dakin has had time to be involved in so much Working on the "Come vial" speech from Romeo and Juliet Why many actors either shy away from or miss the mark with emotional moments Why it's so important to find a group of like-minded creative people Quotes that matter to him Selected People and Items Mentioned Antaeus Theatre Portuguese immigration to Hawaii ACT, San Francisco The Juilliard School USD San Diego MFA (Old Globe Program) Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA David Ogden Stiers, actor Kurtwood Smith, actor Liz Huddle, actress PCPA Theatre John Houseman, actor, director, and teacher Stephen McKinley Henderson, actor Group 1 at Julliard: Patti Lupone, Kevin Kline, David Ogden Stiers, Mary Jo Negro, Mary Lou Risotti, Sam Tsoutsouvas, David Schramm, Tony Azito, Jim Moody, Gerald Gutierrez, Norman Snow, Benjamin Hendrickson US bombing of Cambodia Jack O'Brien, director Sherlock's Last Case (play) Remington Steele, TV show Henderson Hogan Agency The History Boys (play) Frank Langella as Nixon Rocky the Musical Waitress musical For complete bio and other link, check out the full show notes!