Today we’d like to take the time to introduce Clockwork Theatre Co-Artistic Producer and Director of “The Stonewater Rapture”, Phil Miguel. If you don’t know Phil, you need to get to know him. He’s the great and the best! The man is always (and I mean always) in a theatre, either doing lights, props, set design, production management, or directing. Phil’s got mad-skillz, yo!
Get to know Phil a bit better, below:
Tell us about your theatre background:
I didn’t really mess around with theatre until quite late in my meandering university experience. I found myself in a cross-listed English/Theatre class and discovered a medium that I, apparently, have a ravenous hunger for.
After graduating from TWU I took up the apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre and ever since then have hurled myself into any and every aspect of theatre I could conceive of from acting (You Can’t Take It With You – Pacific Theatre, The Great Divorce – Pacific Theatre), directing (The Casino -Stone’s Throw, Here Lies Henry – Stone’s Throw), lights (Lord of the Flies – Gallery 7, Mr. Marmalade – Latchkey Co-Op, Gruesome Playground Injuries – Stone’s Throw), and props (The Foreigner – Pacific Theatre, The Seafarer – Pacific Theatre, Blasted – PI Theatre), to set, sound, costume, stage management, writing, and production. That restless hunger grew into a job as Technical Director at Pacific Theatre and Co-Artistic Producer of Clockwork Theatre.
What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
I love how these two characters try to wind their way through the very awkward quagmire of high school with the pressure of everyone’s eyes being on them. Nobody talks publicly about these things because they’re too embarrassed or ashamed so it’s intriguing to look into the personal turmoil that happens all the time in schools.
Do you relate to any of the characters? If so, in what way?
I’ve always been a bit of a loner so I understand that fear of not being understood properly by the “normies”.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I’d like people to see how desperately lonely people can be and how important it is to actually listen to each other and see one another as the imperfectly perfect beings we are.
GET TO KNOW PHIL ON A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL:
What is your favorite word?
I tend to settle on favourite words on a day to day basis but “Peculiar” tends to trickle in on a more regular basis.
What is your least favorite word?
Ever since they gave it a new, informal definition I have a hard time with “Literally”. It makes my brain hurt.
When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?
HA! Sleeping, maybe?
What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Curiousity. I like pulling things apart and seeing what makes them tick (I promise that wasn’t intended to be a Clockwork reference) and people that continue to ask questions.
What turns you off in these ways?
Laziness. There’s a whole, beautiful, amazing world out there, people! What are you saving your energy for?
What is your favourite play?
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go?
I’d like to a circuit of all 13 provinces and territories with my old dog Bailey and eat a cheeseburger in each one while visiting every single person I know across the country.
What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of an approaching wave of rain in the woods just as it gets to you.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Mosquitoes doing fly-bys across your ear.
What is your favorite curse word?
Rat-Bastard has entertained me for some time now.
If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?
My family, probably food and shelter too.
Do you believe in aliens?
I think there’s an awful lot of places in the universe for aliens to hide.
What is your favourite book?
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
What is your favourite movie?
Three Seasons directed by Tony Bui
What profession did you wish for as a child?
I always wanted to be an astronaut (is that even a profession?).
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Something in the sciences. Chemical engineer, maybe?
What profession would you not like to do?
I don’t think I’d enjoy being a pilot. I’ve done enough commuting in my life.
What is something people may not know about you?
Most people think I’m a lot younger than I am. That may not be a compliment.
What is one of your pet peeves?
Extraneous apostrophe’s and “quotations”.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“Perfect. Just in time for the party!”