On the Couch with Quinton Rofail Rich

Quinton-Rofail-Rich-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Quinton Rofail Rich?
When I figure that out, I’ll let you guys know.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I wouldn’t have denied myself the right to be me for so long.

Who inspires you and why?
I get my inspiration from so many different people. Monique Sallé, Rob Johnson and Virginia Gay (to name a few) are probably my biggest MT inspirations, especially starting out. I remember seeing Mon and Rob in Squabbalogic’s production of Triassic Parq and just falling in love with the idea of musicals and how wonderfully silly they could be.

It was then through Virginia Gay’s performance in Calamity Jane that I discovered how moving and heartbreaking these silly little things could become. I will also say that since then, every cast I have had the pleasure of working with. Every show I have seen, fills me with new inspiration.

But, the one constant source of inspiration in my life has always been my mother. She is such a phenomenal, talented and powerful woman, and I’m constantly inspired by her every day.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Exactly what I’m doing now. Otherwise I really wouldn’t be doing it.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
A quiet cabin out in the country somewhere secluded? Or maybe Europe? IDK – I’ve never been.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi is always a favourite. That and Dish Sir Lankan Street food, which in my opinion is some of the best food in Sydney.

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently re-reading for the 5th time – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Yes, I’m a big ol fantasy nerd.

What are you currently listening to?
The Dungeons and Daddies podcast.

Happiness is?
Insert *witty answer, with powerful meaning at the end*.

What does the future hold for you?
Who can say? But I’m excited to find out. Also come see Choir Boy playing at Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta.

Quinton stars as Anthony Justin ‘AJ’ James in the Australian premiere of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney – which will be presented at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023 from 14 February, before playing the Cremorne Theatre – QPAC, Brisbane from 15 March; and the Wollongong Town Hall from 22 March.

Image: Quinton Rofail Rich (supplied)