An associate professor of acting and directing in the Mary Baldwin University graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance, Matt’s pedagogy builds on thirty years of professional experience as an actor and director in the UK and the US. While he has staged numerous graduate productions at the Blackfriars Playhouse, he is delighted to be making his debut with the ASC’s resident company.
Directing and assistant directing credits include his own adaptation of Venus and Adonis at the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow and the world premiere of Jackson Word at the King’s Head, London (off-West End); 1 Henry IV and Comedy of Errors for Austin Shakespeare; Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Learned Ladies (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare); As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare at Winedale); Twelfth Night (Radford University); Tuna does Vegas (Heritage Theatre Festival, Charlottesville); and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, Love’s Labour’s, Pericles, 1 Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet at the Blackfriars Playhouse (MBU’s Shakespeare and Performance). Matt is an associate director of Actors from the London Stage and a founding member of Breaking String Theatre Company.
After fifteen years as a London-based performer in theatre, TV, and film, Matt’s acting work in the States has focused on theatre classics. in Austin, he received B. Iden Payne and Critic Circle awards or nominations for: Buckingham in Richard III, Jack Absolute in The Rivals, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure (Austin Shakespeare); Trigorin in The Seagull, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, and Kovrin in The Black Monk (Breaking String); Clive/Martin in Cloud Nine (St. Edwards); York in Rose Rage (Hidden Room); and Agamemnon in Deux ex Machina (Whirligig). He was nominated for the International Falstaff award for Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (Chesapeake Shakespeare, Baltimore) and was awarded Best Actor for Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Quill Theatre, Richmond).
Matt has a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in Devon and an MA in English and PhD in Renaissance Drama from the University of Texas at Austin.