May 04, 2020

Department of Theatre 2020 Outstanding Senior: Matthew Rudolph

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 By: Cami Sheridan

Shout out to the Department of Theatre’s Outstanding Senior, Matthew Rudolph, who just graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre! In his time at the University of Utah, he appeared in Floyd Collins (Ed Bishop), Dracula, the Musical (Jonathan Harker), Chess (Dance Captain), The Beautiful Game, Steel Pier, Bring it On! (Ensemble) and Company (Husband Cover). Matthew was a proud recipient of the Lady Bracknell Scholarship all four years of his college career.

Matthew chose to attend the U specifically for our Musical Theatre Program, as he was looking to receive conservatory-style training while at a larger university. He particularly liked the U’s program for the supportive faculty and the unique opportunities we offered, including auditions for professional local theatre companies such as Pioneer Theatre Company and Salt Lake Acting Company. His favorite memory while at the U was performing the “Embassy Lament” from Dracula, the Musical at ArtsBash. In reflection of the experience, he said, “Getting the chance to do that crazy dance on the library plaza in front of so many people will always remain a fun and memorable experience of my time at the U.”

Matthew spent the last year serving as President of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), FAF Grant Representative, and a CFA Create Success intern where he showcased his dedication to the department and his charismatic leadership skills. His peers sent in their congratulations and shared what they wanted you to know about him.

“Matthew has really been an inspiration. His dedication to the Department and to SAC has really inspired me. He’s one of the most dedicated and giving people I’ve met at the U. He cares so deeply about the well-being and success of his peers. I can’t wait for him to spread his kindness and talent to the world!”

Tom Roche – Actor Training Program / Vice President of SAC

“Matthew is easily the kindest, most-dedicated artist and person I have had the honor of working with in my time at the U. In my two years on SAC, what always stood out to me was his genuine and unbridled love for the Department and his classmates. No matter how busy he was, he would always find the time to listen to and support the students of the Theatre Department. If nothing else, the example Matthew set of selflessness and kindness will be the greatest legacy he could leave with the Department.”

Courtney Cohen – Musical Theatre Program / Historian of SAC

“Matthew was a great person to work with on SAC because he made everyone feel welcome. He was incredibly supportive of any ideas people had and he created an environment in which people could speak their mind without fear of causing a problem. He’s so positive and just an overall great person!”

Anna Coltrin – Theatre Studies / Theatre Studies Rep SAC

“Matthew Rudolph. One of my dearest friends and one of my favorite collaborators. Since I met him, we always had a running joke that we were (and still are) the same person. Always very funny, but now, I know for a fact we are not the same person. For you are an individual like no other. Your character and heart and charm are incomparable. You care so much about all you do. Your talent, which was already so exciting from the start, has transformed into a set of skills like no other. You are like no other. Thank you for being the bright and joyous human that you are and sharing that light with others every moment you can.”

Kimi Brown – Musical Theatre Program / Treasurer of SAC

“Outstanding doesn’t even begin to describe Matthew’s passion and personality. From the beginning of freshman year, Matthew has always brought positivity and creativity to every class and rehearsal. He cares so much about his art, as well as the artists around him. Matthew works extremely hard to push himself to be better, and by doing so brings up all those around him. If Matthew is smiling, everyone is smiling. Thanks for being a great friend, Matthew. We all love you so much! Congrats!”

Jae Weit – Musical Theatre Program / Secretary of SAC

“Matthew is incredibly hard working, talented, and thoughtful. I remember being a scared freshman and Matthew being the first one to make me feel at home. He made my experience in the College of Fine Arts internship amazing. Matthew brought energy to everything we did, was a team member you could always count on, and never failed to make me laugh. We love you, Matthew!”

Abby Davis – Musical Theatre Program / CFA Create Success intern

Congratulations, Matthew Rudolph!