How are robots changing the technological, social, and artistic evolution of human life? Assistant professor, actor, and robot acting coach Matt Gray weighs in.
“I was born in Sydney to parents who are English and Canadian, and spent my childhood in Toronto, England, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vancouver.
When I finally settled in Western Canada, I trained as an actor, though worked as a sound designer. Eventually I ventured into directing, and finally went to grad school as a director.
After completing my directing training, I split my career into teaching and directing. This involved combining teaching at LAMDA, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Dance & Carnegie Mellon University. The productions I have directed have played in six countries, tackling material from Euripides to Pinter, from Shakespeare to Beckett, from Congreve to Sam Shepard.
My focus is on constantly re-examining the modern context of an old script. I’m consistently enthused about technology’s role in live performance, as well as the value of a live performer in technological media.
Ultimately, live storytelling is a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for every culture in the world. Communities have survived without lawyers, politicians or armies, but they have never survived without storytelling/theater. Or fire.”
Matt is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University’s Department of Theatre.
Bio information from mattigray.com