The Joy of Learning
An Interview with Fabio Motta
JORDAN: Where were you born and raised?
FABIO: I was born in Como, which is in the North of Italy... at the age of 8 we moved to Australia.
J: How did you first get involved in theatre?
F: When we first moved to Australia... I knew from a very early age that I wanted to act so my parents sent me to an Italian theatre company where I was exposed to a lot of Commedia del Arte, a lot of great writers like Goldoni and also the Sicilian writers like Pirandello. So, from an early age, I grew up with that cultural Italian theatre and then afterwards continued studying in high school and then after high school went on to university / college.
F: Well, before I finished school - and you know you start to ask yourself those questions: "what do you want to do with your life?" - I knew in my heart that I wanted to learn about acting and to continue to discover this world of theatre. I was also cast in a feature film before finishing high school and that kind of introduced me to the possibility of actually doing this for a living. Even though it has its challenges, I think the joy of just learning and continuing to grow as an artist is such a rewarding path to be on.
J: That's wonderful.
And do you have any artistic role models or icons that you look up to or try to emulate?
F: There are lots. Al Pacino is a great actor and a great role model for me purely because, you know, he started from nothing and his love for the theatre and his love for acting is what, I believe, took him to have the success that he's had in his life. Purely, his passion and his drive. But also people like Dario Fo who have brought life back to Commedia del Arte and these old traditions and the history of theatre. So yea...
J: Great. And here's a... hard one. What do you think is your most important job as an artist?
F: It goes with the principles of The Ume Group, which have really inspired me, which is to continue to 1. learn as an artist, 2. to create, 3. to be performing, 4. and to teach. I really agree with that. That's something that The Ume Group has given me and has really given me a sense of purpose in my career as an artist. So I'm very grateful for that.
J: Thank you. We are blessed to have you join us in that mission. It's very special.
The last question: what has been the most challenging part of leading the Training Ensemble?
F: I think the biggest challenge is... just trusting. Trusting in yourself, when you know. And to always find that pleasure. Or to allow others to discover something rather than, I don't know, directing them in a certain way! Rather setting up a scenario where the actors can discover the path that you'd like to go on. That's the biggest challenge and that's what I'm really enjoying, working as an Ensemble Leader.
J: Well, thank you very much, Fabio. I'm proud to give you that opportunity to experience and to grow in that way. And we are very blessed, as I said, to have you.
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