Few young actors have made as big or as fast of a move on the Chicago theater scene as this Berkeley, Calif., native. Not yet two years out of DePaul University's Theatre School, Matesky has already torn up the concrete Steppenwolf Garage floor in one of the biggest hits of the year ("Hit the Wall" by The Inconvenience), been part of the artistic medicine behind Sean Graney's "Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses" at The Hypocrites, and held down a major role in "The March" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Between this rush of roles, Matesky somehow found time to assistant direct (with Chuck Smith) the Goodman Theatre production of David Mamet's "Race." "I like to keep my hands in all the pots," she says. "I'm a teacher, a social activist, a director and an actress." When you're only 24, you don't yet have to choose -- but Matesky will surely be fighting off offers. UP NEXT: Planning her one-woman show, "She Think She Grown," for a fall production in Chicago.
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