Interview number five. Matthew Kern has been Artistic Director of defunkt theatre since 2010. Before that he worked as an actor around town and also as a piano player. You may remember him as the house pianist for the downtown Nordstrom back when they had live music. He currently plays on the Portland Spirit, Hobo’s and at many a wedding and holiday party. A graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, and Bard College in New York, he has appeared locally with Artists Repertory Theatre, Tears of Joy and several now truly defunct theatres.