Get to Know Artistic Director Maverick Schmit

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Welcome, Revolutionaries! This post marks the beginning of Monument's blog! In this particular series, we begin our project to let you get to know our team! This week we focus on Maverick Schmit, the Artistic Director / Co-Founder of Monument and the playwright of the upcoming production of Hers is the Head of a Wolf. Follow the interview below to get to know more about one of the members of our team!

MONUMENT: Ok, it's noted that you hate talking about yourself so we'll just jump right in.


M: We'll start with the easy stuff. What’s your favorite color?

MS: Powder blue.

M: Favorite food?

MS: My mom used to make this peanut butter noodle dish that is to this day the greatest thing I’ve ever consumed. I know what you’re thinking - thai noodles. Wrong. She made this peanut butter glaze/sauce (a mystery I have yet to solve) and mixed in the noodles and some chicken strips. It was incredibly filling and delicious. A close second is my dad's blue-cheese stuffed burger. Damned good stuff, folks.

M: Favorite article of clothing?

MS: An odd and specific question, almost as though whoever came up with this interview knew that I did indeed have a favorite. It’s actually this button up flannel shirt my dad gave me because his arms were too big for the sleeves.

M: Do you have any tattoos?

MS: I do not, because I’m a failure. I would like to go on record by saying that I adore tattoos and if I had the time and the means I’d absolutely be covered in ink.

M: Favorite weather or time of year?

MS: Fall, hands down. The air is crisp, the sun is still out, perfect temperature. I love the colors of the leaves and the breeze that starts coming in around late September. Plus football comes on (go Bears!)

M: Do you enjoy sports? Who?

MS: I’m a huge sports nut. Grew up in Illinois watching the Bears and that obsession has not wavered in any way. Despite the ties to Chicago and Illinois, my dad is a Cardinals fan which doesn’t make much sense but I do love baseball. The Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears. And boxing. Huge boxing fan.

M: Any boxer in particular?

MS: GGG - Gennady Golovkin. He’s unreal. Leo Santa Cruz is so much fun to watch. I’ll always root for Amir Khan too. Back in the day I used to pull for Ricky Hatton. And if you want to go even further it's hard to top Evander Holyfield. One of the best who ever did it.

M: Coffee or tea? Why?

MS: Coffee. All day. I love the flavor and it’s really satisfying to drink. And unless it’s some version of chai tea I don’t want no damn tea. It tastes like dirty water, I don't care how healthy it is.

M: Cat or dog?

MS: I like both but I also have preferences with each. I prefer a large, affectionate dog without a beard. And also bulldogs because they are wrinkly blessings from above. I love black cats and the fluffier the better. But I don't have time for aloof, shitty cats or those little rat-like excuses for dogs. Miss me with that yappy nonsense.

M: What are some hobbies of yours?

MS: Theatre consumes my life and I have little free time.

M: Well ok then.

MS: It's true. What little down time I do have is usually spent either eating or sleeping.

M: What do you do to relax?

MS: Find and spread memes.

M: You make it sound like a disease...

MS: In many ways it is. BUT I also love reading and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend a fair amount of time on the XBox.

M: Cool, cool, something normal. What do you play?

MS: Let me be clear: I’m by no means a “gamer.” But that being said I am fond of Assassin’s Creed, 2K, Madden, and the Show. Not to mention anything Rocksteady comes out with.

M: What do you read?

MS: A lot. But Vonnegut is perhaps my favorite. Though there's also a scene in Dan Wells' "I Don't Want to Kill You" that was so chilling and excellent it was part of the reason I decided to start acting.

(NOTE: Maverick was very insistent we mention how ravenously he recommends the John Wayne Cleaver series, of which "I Don't Want to Kill You" is a part.)

M: Dream Vacation?

MS: Yikes, I don’t know. I’ve never been on vacation before… I’d love to see New Orleans, Rome, and Greece. I’d just love to see it and experience the culture, the food, the history.

M: If you weren’t in theatre what would you do?

MS: Maybe a teacher. I’d love to be a professor one day and help challenge, develop, and empower our future generations.

M: Who is a favorite playwright?

MS: Oh my god, why are these so hard to answer? I don’t know. I’ll always love Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets. Miller and Odets because of their frankness in addressing the working class. They're reflective of the time, of course, but that's also part of the beauty. Williams is just a master of visuals, of voice, and possesses such a unique style. He's known for his leading women, for good reason, but my god he balances that frailty and poetry with violence and power and I fucking live for that shit.

M: Do you have a favorite actor?

MS: I’m a big fan of Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling, and Cillian Murphy. I love the subtlety of their work. I’ve recently binged on Claws so Niecy Nash’s performance comes to mind as well.

M: Who is a hero or inspiration of yours?

MS: I’m inspired by both of my parents. I was blessed to have two very dedicated, intelligent, kind, and sincere people who have not only raised and provided for their children but who were also a part of our lives every step of the way. I also have an embarrassing streak of bad choices and belligerent behavior that they have always managed to not only forgive but also love and support me in spite of. My father has always been the sole, golden standard for masculinity in my life and has taught me so much about what it means to be a man. My mother is intensely connected to the world around us and has always been able to tap into my emotional state and help steer me through whatever crisis I’m having. It’s also because of their personal sacrifices and commitment that my siblings and I have always been provided for and have been able to attain things in life that we never could have anticipated as possibilities. I can honestly say that nothing in my life would have been possible without their commitment to us children and I owe them everything. They inspire me everyday. If I could be half as strong, humble, kind, generous, open, and even possess a fraction of their perseverance I would consider myself a success.

Professionally speaking, there are so many people who inspire me in so many ways… It’s really hard to try to narrow it down! I’d hate to leave someone out.

(An inordinately long pause.)