What is your name?
My name is Mat Smart.

Where are you from?
I’m from a suburb of Chicago called Naperville. It’s about 35 miles southwest of the city. On average I just say I’m from Chicago. I say I’m from a suburb of Chicago. 

What is the project you’re working on while at SPACE?
I’m actually working on a play that I first started last summer at SPACE. I’m still working on it because it’s really a tough, big play to write. But it’s based on my time as a janitor in McMurdo Antarctica, and it’s a play called the Royal Society of Antarctica.

How have you been spending your time at SPACE?
Usually when I have a few days to write, the first or second day I try to get stuff done, but then I don’t get stuff done and as time goes I get nervous that I don’t have much time left so I have to get something done. So yesterday I didn’t check my email, and I was super super productive. And then today I had to like deal with some things this morning so it kind of derailed my morning. But I’m really hopeful to get a lot done today, but I’ve just been trying to focus on re-writing the second act of it.

What’s coming up next for you?
I’m going to be doing some traveling this summer, but in terms of plays I’m working on my most recent play The Steadfast. It’s getting published. So I’m doing some finishing up work on that with the publishing TPS.

If you were reincarnated as a farm animal, what would you be?
i’m looking outside the window for some inspiration. This is a little bit unusual, but I guess since I’m on a farm and I saw this creature it counts. Which is because I had never seen it. I had a little bug land on me the other day, and it was like an inchworm, but it was a half a centimeter worm. Like the tiniest little worm that I’ve seen, but it was like totally bending its back and inching on my arm. But it was like really tiny. So that might be fun, unless or until you got smashed.

Interviewed by Elizabeth Lail