Matt Dawson, Stagehand, at home with his partner Sarah Gioia, and their child, Calvin.
"It’s not that I’ve been laid off (but I have). It’s not that the place I worked has closed down (but it has). The thing is that my entire industry is gone. Disappeared.
I’ve been working for 18 years, developing skills, growing a network, building a reputation for myself in live theater, and it’s all gone now. I can’t get an equivalent job somewhere else. I can’t scrape together gigs and call in favors and go freelance. I can’t relocate - there’s nowhere in the country, there’s not another place in the world that I could move to and start again.
Live entertainment is gone. The entire industry that I’ve worked in for my entire adult life is gone. It’s smoke in the wind now."