Matt Minnicino

Show Director

Richard III, Session 2

Favorite Shakespeare Play:

Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespeare Character that best describes me:

not a fair question but it’s Polonius

Favorite Shakespeare quote:

“What you do / Still betters what is done” (Winter’s Tale, IV, iv)

Favorite Play that isn’t by Shakespeare:

Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl

Hogwarts house:

Hufflepuff

All-time favorite ASC Moment:

The first show I saw at the ASC was Midsummer in 2004. Doreen Bechtol (who would run ASCTC for several years) played Puck. For her entrance – “I am that merry wanderer of the night” – Doreen/Puck descended from the heavens in a circus hoop, slowly lowered down to the stage as she delivered her first soliloquy. No special effects. No wires. Just a woman in a silly costume and some words and a hoop hanging from a rope. It was all the magic I needed and more.

All-Time Favorite ASCTC moment:

This is like choosing your favorite child! I refuse to answer this question on grounds of: it’s a mean question that I can’t answer. (But there was a great Winter’s Tale where the bear was a giant stuffed animal that just got thrown from the balcony.)

Biography:

Matt Minnicino is actually a playwright, but he moonlights as a director and actor. He has directed for ASCTC four times and worked there in other capacities since 2011. He has worked on 39 productions of 25 Shakespeare plays as either director, assistant director, actor, choreographer, or dramaturg — mostly in Virginia, DC, or New York (where he lives currently). Some acting highlights include playing Falstaff, Richard III (twice), Bottom (twice), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (twice), Lear, and an Evil Tree in a Fourth Grade production of Macbeth. He is an award-winning and published playwright, with a fancy MFA from Columbia University, as well a published theatre essayist. He has professionally adapted the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Homer, Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Moliere, Gorky, Rilke, Tolstoy, and more. If you wanna read more about him, he even has a website, like the other cool kids! (www.mattminnicino.com)