The mysterious Matthew Brown
Aug 20, 2013 / 5:00 am
His days are filled with a myriad of things… but this day he survived a stagecoach crash and the year is 1867. I am talking about the very intriguing, handsome and yes - mysterious Matthew Brown, a multi-talented artist of many stripes that is based in Vernon. On the day of this interview he was working on a film about the equally intriguing film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge. At home he has some music he is writing for an upcoming album release and there is a 4 x 5 canvas he wants to finish up. Matt is also planning a top secret adventure for his son and daughter.
I met Matt Brown when we were both hired to be the first Standardized Patients for UBCO’s medical program. He was intense, came dressed for his role and he was good. Matt said, “Acting is my passion but I direct so I can get things just right.” It was then I knew we would be friends. But as I got to know Matt better, I discovered there is a lot I don’t know about this award winning director and arts advocate who keeps his ideas very close but is incredibly open to sharing his space, The Hub Arts Collective, with the community.
Matthew Brown is from Vancouver, comes from a large blended family of nine brothers and sisters, has been interested in the arts since he was a little kid. It was 11 years ago he ventured into the Interior with his young family and a desire to develop his first love-sculpture - at UBCO. Since then Matt has worked as an artistic director for a video production company, taught acting classes, directed and acted in 5 plays for the Powerhouse Theatre and came up with the first Hub Arts Collective in 2006. The goal was to have a multipurpose space available to artists to develop their craft. Unfortunately it was not initially financially viable, so he took a business course and found the perfect location in Vernon and re-opened again in January 2012.
Today, The Hub is an exciting space that reflects Matt’s appreciation for the fine and performing arts. On any given evening you will find acting classes, improv, musicians and performers at work surrounded by extraordinary, curated art work. The Hub’s next step is to become a not for profit society, building the foundation for future in-house productions. Matt hope is The Hub will also serve as a home base for indie film projects through his BrownHill productions which was recently recognized for their latest film “Knidni: The Great Tragician”. In February, I am pleased to be directing Matt who will play the role of Tom in The Glass Menagerie which will run previews at The Hub before it goes on to Kelowna Community Theatre.
What’s next up for this “mystery” man? Check him out as the deliciously evil Jack Flavell in the gothic horror Rebecca at Kelowna Community Theatre, October 3-5, with New Vintage Theatre. Tickets available at www.selectyourtickets.com For more information about The Hub Arts Collective check out www.thehubartscollective.com
Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director and playwright who is the Artistic Director of Kelowna’s New Vintage Theatre. She is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America. For more on Bonnie, check out www.bonnie-gratz.com or check out www.newvintage.ca
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