Dec 13, 2018
Matt Cosper is founder and artistic director of XOXO, an
experimental theater ensemble in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has
created eight original works for the stage since 2009,
winning Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best Award
for theater twice. His professional theater credits include acting
and directing with the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, the Oregon
Children's Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina Actors
Studio Theatre and Theatre Charlotte. In addition to his work as a
theater maker, he is a member of the Goodyear Arts collective,
curating exhibitions and artist residencies in Charlotte. Matt is a
member of the Network of Ensemble Theatres and the American
Association for Theatre and Education. He is also Director of
Theatre Arts at Charlotte Latin School, an independent day school.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Performance from Greensboro
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in theater
making, the fractal nature of existence, Zen koans, magical realism
and accessing the sublime.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Matt explains the term ‘theater maker.’
- He discusses theater as an art form and the role of the
audience in witnessing theater.
- He describes his original work as a playwright
- He talks about the presence of clowns and the
absurd in his work.
- Matt discusses inviting people into a liminal
space of reality and accessing the sublime.
- He connects the appeal of theater to the
sacredness of the present.
- He shares what he asks of the audience in
- He answers whether he thinks of himself as a
- Matt talks about reconciling faith with
skepticism in his work.
- He addresses the fractal nature of existence
and eternal return.
- He responds to whether his work is similar to Zen
- He answers whether he feels an obligation to
- Matt discusses the influence of David Lynch, Magical
Realists and the Romantics.
- He talks about being born in California, his ancestry and his
- He reflects on having a ‘Lucifer complex’ and
the guilt he carries.
- He recalls the biography that led him to read Symbolist
- Matt identifies the book that has everything that he
can ask for in a work of art.
- He considers whether his plays are chapters
from the same book.
- He talks about his spiritual teacher and
- He reveals the people who haunt his work and
what his work is really about.
- Matt addresses what is beyond the veil.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Powers and
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