Meet The Old Vic 12 – Matthew Schmolle


On 5 December 2017 we announced The Old Vic 12 class of 2018 to the world. Consisting of writers, directors, designers, producers, composers and even a puppet maker, the group will spend the next year collaborating to create new work throughout our bicentenary year and beyond.

Each week we’ll be getting to know a different member of this talented company through 12 questions, starting with Producer Matthew Schmolle.

  1. What’s your name?

Matthew Schmolle

  1. What do you do?

Producer and Co-founder of The Working Party.

  1. Who inspires you?

Anyone passionately trying to make work they believe in which leaves the world a richer place. And this guy…..

  1. What can’t you live without?

Large open spaces and beautiful views.

  1. Theatre snacks – yay or nay?

Whatever floats your boat.

  1. Your favourite piece of trivia?

I am possibly the worst Trivial Pursuit player ever. I got nothing. (I just googled ‘good trivia’. Shoot me now).

  1. Last show you saw?

Romantics Anonymous. Even with the massively obstructed view it gave me those good shivers.

  1. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered

Treat every problem as an opportunity to do things in a way you haven’t thought of yet. Also Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies’. (Thanks Al.)

  1. Night owl or early bird?

Both. Unfortunately.

  1. Your life story in one short sentence

Yes let’s……………………….so it goes.

  1. In one year you will have…

Decided what I want to do next year, commissioned my company’s first full length play, have its opening run confirmed and tour pencilled.

  1. Old Vic 12 in one word