This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Mathew J. Nichols (Astoria)
Mathew J. Nichols (Astoria)

Actor, Director, Producer

Where were you born?
I was born in Atlanta, but mostly I grew up in the small village of St. Simons Island, GA.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria for over 10 years! Near Broadway station.

What was your experience like attending All Systems Go: Mission 3?
Fantastic! For this last one, I was an audience member, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the work of both new and familiar voices, especially at the APAC which is just 10 minutes from my apartment! There’s a lot of talent that lives in the Queens community, so it’s truly great that Mission to Ditmars is making it their mission to foster support for art and artists within our borough. Also, it was great to chip in and help strike and grab a beer in the neighborhood after the show!

How did you get involved in theatre?
By getting involved in my local community theatre troupe in the town where I was raised.  They’re called The Island Players, and they are still very active.  I got started as a kid doing their summer children’s theatre with the whole canon: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, etc. Then, I graduated to their regular season shows and just kept on going!

What do you love most about Queens?
The vibe is relaxed, the people are friendly, and I’ve always felt welcome. Plus, you don’t need to schlep to Manhattan to have a great time!

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
I was jogging around the track at Astoria Park and a helicopter landed right in the center of the track lawn.  I still am not sure what that was about!

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Most of my picks are food and drink related:
For a great sandwich and some truly excellent craft beer: Astoria Bier & Cheese.
My favorite bar with roughly 25 beers on tap (I love beer): Sunswick.
Finally, I’ve had a couple epic nights out, making an absolute fool of myself with friends at Karaoke Shout.


Current/Upcoming projects?
I just finished acting in a play called Women & Children that performed as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  Now, I am looking for the next project and developing some material for a possible web series or short film.  Why, you got somethin’?


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