Meet Matthew Silar
Name: Matthew Silar
Hometown: Algonquin, IL
Track: Acting / Directing
Opening Night of 42nd Street (Homecoming Musical, 2012) will stay with me always. There I was, hardly through my 3rd semester and I was stage managing the biggest show of the year. I settled in at my table in the orchestra pit and called the Overture to begin. As the curtain rose on 30 pairs of tap dancing feet, the audience roared. I felt honored to be a part of that team. I realized how blessed I was to be watching and serving this group of people that had become my family in the previous year as we shared in something bigger than any one of us. I think I called half of the show with a lump in my throat.
How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
Being a follower of Christ has not changed the art I see. Rather, it has changed the way in which I see it. I like to think my faith provides me with a tailor-made pair of glasses with which I look at theatre. While I do try to embrace Philippians 4:8 ("Whatever is true, noble, right, pure...etc, think about such things."), there is so much power in the ability to look at a piece that truly mirrors a broken world and reexamine it through the eyes of grace. That's what gives this art the ability to heal.
What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
If something scares you, do it! Embrace the risk of failure and free yourself from the lie that you have to be as "good" as someone else. And truly, experience as much as you can while you can. Build a set, stage manage, design a costume, audition for shows, and take voice or dance classes. You're a one-of-a-kind creation of the Creator. He thinks you're fantastic and He is just itching to show you why.
Spend a semester in New York City, studying with Broadway professionals and Tony Award-winning instructors.