Mateo is a long time NYC based Laner. He’s been with ML for about 9 years and counting. He loves living in Brooklyn and will fight you to the death if you try to take away his coffee. Mateo will often finish a day with four jobs and get FOMO so he still will meet you at a bar after. And then search around the city for you to make sure you get home safely. He also hates Mamma Mia with a passion.
Outside the Lane Mateo is an actor and playwright, during the day he also works behind the scenes advertising on Broadway shows. Mateo is currently appearing in Boomerang Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Twelfth Night” and in July his latest play “Broken Pieces” will premiere as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festival. To check out more about Mateo head to his website www.Mateo-Moreno.com
What was your favorite ML gig?
Anything with National Geographic or when I’m paid to crash parties and get the dance floor moving. 🙂
What do you love about the Lane?
Everything about it. From Kristal to the Laners themselves, the community it has set up. Most of my favorite people in the world I never would have met without the Lane. It’s more than a job. It’s like getting to spend time with incredible people and then you get paid for it.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What is your go-to coffee order?
Tall Dark Roast Black Coffee. Sugar, Milk, Cinnamon on top.
What is the last book you read or movie your watched?
A Higher Loyalty
What song best describes you & why?
“Kite” by U2. It’s a beautifully emotional song about not knowing where life will take you but not being afraid to live or die and when you are looking back, you hope that you did just that throughout all of your time here.
What’s the most useless talent you have?
I can tell you thousands of facts about thousands of films that you never cared about or never want to watch. And I haven’t even seen many of them.
Describe the best museum/gig/play/game you’ve ever been to.
Seeing the original cast of RENT as a teenager was pretty epic and visiting the British Museum was simply glorious (still my favorite museum). I’ve seen hundreds of incredible things but I feel like the best thing I’ve ever been to is still on its way…
What’s your morning ritual like?
Stumble out of bed. Realize that my alarm has been going off for at least a half hour. Hit the bathroom & make coffee, set it on the sink, take a shower, at the end of the shower realize my coffee is cold. Make another coffee. Get dressed. And then realize I’m actually off for the day. Go back to bed.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Taking the biggest leap I could have taken, left my entire family and all of my friends and moved for the first time in my life from Missouri to New York City. That seems like a lifetime ago and I’m never going back.
Chocolate or fruity candy?
Why must one choose?
Last great vacation you took?
I went to Florida with some of my very favorite Laners last Summer. That was pretty great.
Favorite rainy day activity?
Watching a movie or reading a book/comic book with the rain hitting my window outside.
If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?
I would probably be competing in Race walking, Roller Hockey, Shin Kicking, or Solo Synchronized Swimming. I would be brilliant.
When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
Remind myself that I used to look out my car window and see fields, tractors and people unironically wearing John Deere hats. Now I look out my subway window and see New York City. That always makes me feel a bit better.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“You should leave theatre and go be in a WB sitcom somewhere.” ~ My terrible college musical theatre. Actually the worst advice I ever received but it inspired me to prove him wrong. And shortly after I booked my first National Tour.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
An Astronaut. That would have been pretty awesome.