A Quick Interview with Matthew Busch

Posted on October 15, 2015

Current AE intern Elin Rose Hill interviews former AE intern Matthew Busch who is back on our stage as Noah Hendriks in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steve Yockey's The Thrush & the Woodpecker opening October 31.

You were an intern at AE a few seasons ago, and we are so happy to have you back. What sort of things have you been getting yourself into since we saw you on our stage last?

Well, I am beyond thrilled to be returning to AE, so the feeling is mutual. Since the end of my internship in 2013, I've been lucky enough to be consistently booked in various projects around town. I signed with Aligned Stars Agency, which has led me to book a few commercial shoots, and I've been able to continue my stage work with various theaters around town such as Essential Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, The Fern Theatre, and Out of Box Theatre, to name a few. I would go into detail about things going on in my personal life since the internship concluded, but alas, that area of my life is non-existent. Work, Theatre, Sleep, Repeat. My life motto.

If you were a bird what bird would you be and why?

This question is giving me an existential crisis. Can I be a hybrid of a penguin and a flamingo? I mean, I AM a Gemini, after all...so choosing one bird to represent both sides of my Gemini self is nearly impossible. I'm like a penguin in that I'm the "odd one out" in the bird species, since they can't fly...but they love the cold, like me, and are quite clumsy, like me, and dress in black, like me. Then the flamingo is just weird because it only stands on one leg, like me, and it always makes its presence known, like me. I'm a penguingo. Or a flaminguin. I'd ship it.

Last show at AE?

The last show I truly did at AE was our Intern Showcase, A Sense of Things by Sarah Gubbins. But if you're looking for a mainstage role, it would be Equus, in which I was the flamboyant horse with the glasses.

Last show you were in ?

The last show I just finished up was Other Desert Cities at Out of Box Theatre, and it was an incredible experience. I've done quite a bit of work with Out of Box, located in Marietta, and can I just say...that if you're not seeing OOB's shows, you are seriously missing out. It's one of my favorite places in town to work because of the intimacy of the theater. Audiences are literally feet from you when you're on stage, and it allows for extremely raw, powerful, and intimate performances. I'd highly recommend checking them out.

What’s next on your agenda?

Currently, I don't have anything on my agenda after this (hint hint casting directors at other theaters), but I'm always available for hire! I'm quite looking forward to having a small break to enjoy the holidays, and maybe do some traveling. Maybe I'll play with my cat or something with all the free time. Or even do my laundry that I've been neglecting since May.

Favorite Yockey Play?

This is TOUGH. Obviously, I want to say The Thrush & The Woodpecker, because I'm in it. But Wolves will always hold a special place in my heart, having worked on it when I was an intern. (Fun fact: I still have a patch of hair on my arm missing from being covered in fake blood during our intern performances.) And I remember balling my eyes out both reading and seeing Pluto because of its extreme relevancy in our society today. Any and all plays by Steve are basically masterpieces...so consider me a true Yockey fangirl. I'll have shirts made...$20 a piece.