On the Couch with Michael Cutrupi

Michael Cutrupi_Toby Borrows oncWho is Michael Cutrupi?
Michael Cutrupi is loyal, dedicated, loving and over analytical! Michael loves learning new things about the world around him and how he sits in it. Spends hours on Youtube and BandCamp finding the next inspiration.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would tell my past self to live more for the moment and stop stressing about the little things. Enjoy the beauty of life as it presents itself everyday.

Who inspires you and why?
So many people. From my partner to Beyonce. I feel inspired by anyone who knows themselves and works hard to get what they want.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Education, information and articulation. Free and accessible to all.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I’m a winter fan at heart so when it’s too hot in Sydney I dream of Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Besides that my farm in Braidwood always feels like a perfect escape.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to?
My favourite parts of Melbourne; Coin Laundry in Armadale, The Botanical Gardens, National Gallery and ACMI!

What are you currently reading?
Patti Smith’s Just Kids (for the third time). That book inspires me.

What are you currently listening to?
Antony + The Johnsons, Megan Washington, Grace Potter, Ngaiire, Nadeah.

Happiness is?
A strong coffee, a savoury breakfast, good music and a lazy morning.

What does the future hold for you?
A new home with big gardens and plenty of veggies and fruits to plant. Lots to do and also hopefully some travel thrown in.

Michael Cutrupi is an active member of both the Australian and international performing arts scene. He is the founding Chair of Sydney Theatre Company’s Youth Advisory Panel and has been involved with ATYP’s Young Artist Program and World Interplay (2009).

As a performer Michael has worked with directors Baz Luhrmann, master clown Phillipe Gaulier and Anne Bogart (SITI Company), and has recently returned from Boston and New York with assistance from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust working with Taylor Mac and PS122’s COIL Festival.

Together Michael Cutrupi and Skye Kunstelj have formed the producing service Fat Boy Dancing, which aims to provide production services to independent artists creating new and innovative work with a specific focus on local and international collaboration. He will next be working with autistic youth and their families to create an interactive environment for a 2016/2017 Festival Season.

Michael will be appearing in Force Majeure’s Nothing to Lose at The Coopers Malthouse: 11 – 21 March 2015. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Michael Cutrupi – photo by Toby Borrows