20 questions with actor Nathan Schmidt
20 questions with actor Nathan Schmidt

Meet actor Nathan Schmidt, a long-time company member with Rosebud Theatre in Rosebud, Alberta, one of Canada’s only towns centered completely around a theatre institution.

Nathan next appears in the Pacific Theatre presentation of the Rosebud Theatre’s production of Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger.  When a 113 year overdue travel book lands in the overnight return slot at the library, the librarian, a reclusive Dutchman, sees the fine of a lifetime and the promotion he’s been angling for dance before his eyes. The problem is the only name on the account is “A.” and the address is a PO Box in China. With only scant clues to go off, this curious investigation quickly becomes an obsession that takes him around the world and through history to the ancient legend of the Wandering Jew.  Underneath the Lintel plays Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver) Jan 9-31. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

Meet Nathan Schmidt

Nathan was last seen at Pacific Theatre as Jacob Kahn/Aryeh Lev in My Name is Asher Lev adapted by Aaron Posner.  Nathan is a long time company member with Rosebud Theatre in Alberta and has played Father Flynn in Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, Fagin in Oliver!, and the oldest man in the world Daddy Sherry in The Kite by W.O. Mitchell. Calgary theatre credits include Horatio in Hamlet and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Betty Mitchell award for Best Production of a Play) as well as fight direction for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Richard III for the Shakespeare Company; James Flynn in The Huron Bride by Hannah Moscovitch for Vertigo Theatre and Nathan will be back out here in Vancouver this summer with Theatre Calgary’s production, in collaboration with Bard on the Beach, of King Lear.

20 Questions with Nathan Schmidt

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Your first job.

Mowed lawns for the little old lady down the street.  Learned all about Quack grass and gladiola.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The job you always wanted as a child.

Pretty sure I wanted to be a surgeon.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Your pet peeve.

When people don’t heat up the frying pan before they put the food in it.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Your hero.

People who step outside their comfort zones and give of themselves – service to their family, friends, community and environment.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Your biggest indulgence.

Hiking Gear.  Sometimes I don’t even look at the cost…

[dropcap]6[/dropcap] One thing no one knows about you.

There was a guy when I played high school basketball that I deliberately drove my elbow into his face going up for a rebound and then I played it off as a complete accident.  I was surprised that I let myself go that far.  He was bleeding.  Regret.   Sorry guy.

[dropcap]7[/dropcap] Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Chess Board, knife and a flare gun.

[dropcap]8[/dropcap] The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Inquisitive.

[dropcap]9[/dropcap] If you were not an actor what would you be doing right now?

I might be working in medicine somehow.  The last thing I looked into before theatre school was Respiratory Therapy.

[dropcap]10[/dropcap] Hero or villain.

Pretty sure hero, although villains are more fun…

[dropcap]11[/dropcap] Your life’s motto/mantra.

“Our doubts are traitors and oft make us lose the good we might win by fearing to attempt” from Measure for Measure.

[dropcap]12[/dropcap] Your favourite playwright.

Conor McPherson.

[dropcap]13[/dropcap] The last book you read.

The Friends of Meager Fortune by David Adams Richards.

[dropcap]14[/dropcap] If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be?

You know, I just did one of those quizzes that told me who I am…I think I was Finn from Adventure Time but I’ve never really seen it so I don’t know if it’s true.  I want to say Wile E Coyote cause I’ve got big ideas and lots of the time it seems like I’ve run off a cliff.

[dropcap]15[/dropcap] What will it say on your grave marker?

Get me out of here!

[dropcap]16[/dropcap] Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Cassia.

[dropcap]17[/dropcap] Your idea of happiness.

I’m in Vancouver getting to perform a play that I really enjoy doing and it’s -30 back home in Alberta.

[dropcap]18[/dropcap] If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

“Your needs are not a problem.”

[dropcap]19[/dropcap] The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Having the right words at the right time to shake something loose in a person.

[dropcap]20[/dropcap] To be or not to be?

O, To Be…Please