Most Valuable Players

A Guide to Austin Stage Actors

Most Valuable Players
Photo By Bret Brookshire

Michael Stuart

On the scene since: 1981

MVP for: Onstage Theatre, Public Domain

Recent Roles: Matt, Talley's Folly, Onstage, 2001; Shakespeare, Bingo, Public Domain, 2000; Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Austin Shakespeare Festival, 2000; Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, First Stone, 2000.

Honors: Critics Table nomination, Midsummer Night's Dream; Best Team Player, Chronicle Best of Austin 2000; Payne award, Pigman vs. Frankenstein; Critics Table nomination, True West.

Never in the course of local theatre has so much been done by so few for so many. In his 20 years in Austin, Stuart has trod the boards for almost every theatre company. Gentle, good-natured, and knows exactly what it takes to get an audience on his side, he's provided years of infectious laughter and not a few tear-stained Kleenexes: Think Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey or the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac. Classics or modern, cerebral or goofy, children's theatre or adult: No part is too small for the always-at-work Stuart, who also finds time to direct, design, build, and produce.

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