About

...AT A GLANCE

Matt has been involved in theatre from a very young age. His passion and experience covers a wide range of genres and techniques, ages and talents. Matt has been working professionally since 2010. This has seen him as an actorartistic directoracting coachwriter, tutor, dramaturg and producer.


...TRAINING AND WORK

Matt's passion for theatre started in Cumbria, where he is originally from and where he acted on stage from the age of 8.  In his teens, Matt was lucky enough to work and train with the National Youth Theatre. Matt moved to York to study and graduated with a First Class (hons) in Performance: Theatre, after which he became the Drama Teacher at Stagecoach Scarborough and Associate Artist (Director, Writer and Actor) for Six Lips Theatre. Matt was the long-standing Co-Artistic Director of Upstage Centre Youth Theatre and is a  freelance Youth Theatre Practitioner for York Theatre Royal and Assistant Director for Grand Opera House, York's Stage Experience. Matt also runs his own community arts collective, Next Door But One delivering Forum and Playback Theatre workshops to community groups,organisations and in educational settings. In 2013, Matt became the Artistic Director of Once Seen Theatre Company, a company formed of actors with learning difficulties. Matt guest tutors on the Theatre programme at York St John University.

Matt joined the Converge (and education programme for mental health service users)team in 2015, leading the introduction to theatre and working towards performance courses and soon took on the additional role of Support and Progression Worker for the Converge students.

Matt blogs for The Huffington Post and in September 2016 began his Masters in Applied Theatre.

Other work includes: York St John Graduate Prize at York Theatre Royal, Artist Associate for Candoco Dance Companies’ Moving Bodies project and published article/blog writer on inclusion theory (The Guardian, Scottish Review and York Press).

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