Performing Arts Master Matt Campbell calls himself “a jack of all trades” – so how did he end up teaching? What would he like to build in GCAD? And what questions might he have for William Shakespeare? All this and more in 5 Questions 4.
Why did you decide to become a performing arts teacher?
I loved my time in music and theatre in high school. My junior and senior years were filled with piano classes, music theory and composition classes, stage rehearsals, and many performances. Though I ran track, played soccer, and played tennis, I put more time into the arts, which I loved, and helped shape my passion. In college, I toured a lot, performing in high-profile concerts, though I always wanted to teach.
Eventually, I fell into opera, which led into theatre, which led into stage management, which led to scenic design. All the time, I was teaching a multitude of interconnected areas in the technical theatre disciplines. I am a jack of many trades and love nurturing students to learn in grow in the performing arts!
What is the best part of teaching performing arts at Lawrenceville?
The best part of teaching performing arts at Lawrenceville is working with students in bringing to life things that are just ideas in their heads, listening to them in collaboration and seeing them rise to the level of performance, whether in class or on the stage.
If you could take any Lawrenceville class, which would it be and why?
Hindu Myth in the Popular Culture, because of the power and legacy of myth and its crossover into culture, or Shakespeare's Comedies: Masks We Wear, because Shakespeare is brilliant.
If you had unlimited time and could use the resources in GCAD to create anything you wanted, what would it be?
A system of structurally-sound and aesthetically-appealing bridges that would be placed about our beautiful campus to tie engineering and art into interactive community art piece.
If you could ask William Shakespeare three questions, what would you inquire?
Of all your works, what was the one you were most proud of (and where are the missing ones)?
What really caused the Globe Theatre to burn to the ground in 1613? How's Yorick?
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