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.


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 train and work 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 Assistant Director for Grand Opera House, York's Stage Experience. Currently Matt is a Youth Theatre Practitioner for York Theatre Royal, Artistic Director of Once Seen Theatre Company (a company formed of actors with learning difficulties, Theatre Tutor for Converge (an education programme for mental health service users), an acting member of Playback Theatre York and artist for Connecting Youth Culture - creating work with and for young people with learning disabilities. Matt also runs his own community arts collective, Next Door But One, delivering Forum and Playback Theatre workshops and performances to community groups, organisations and in educational settings. Matt is currently completing is MA in Applied Theatre, looking at the role of creativity in the grieving process.

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


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