Matt is an award-winning Australian theatre director with a diverse body of work. Productions include contemporary and classical work across a range of forms, styles and scales, cross-cultural collaborations, work for audiences of all ages and theatre projects promoting social development in marginalised communities.
Matt's career has included positions as Artistic Director of Western Australia’s Children’s Theatre Company Barking Gecko and Resident Artist at Australia's national Shakespeare Company Bell Shakespeare.
Matt trained as an actor at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has subsequently trained with Anne Bogart at SITI company in New York, been a member of the Melbourne Festival Directors Lab and undertaken constant professional development.
For Barking Gecko Matt has directed A Ghost In My Suitcase, My Robot, In a Dark Dark Wood, Fully Sikh (a co-production with Black Swan State Theatre) and the Shakespeare Living Lecture series. For Black Swan The Tempest and Fully Sikh. For The Last Great Hunt, Bite The Hand and Lé Nør [the rain]. For Sport For Jove: The Tempest and Othello. For Bell Shakespeare: Such Sweet Sorrow, Macbeth Undone, Midsummer Madness, Hamlet Intensive, Trust And Betrayal. For Shaman productions: Death In Bowengabbie. For Monkey Baa: The Unknown Soldier. For Poetry In Action: The Australians, The Citizenship Test, The United Nations of Poetry, The Elements of Rhyme, The Paper Tiger and Words of War. For the the WA Academy of Performing Arts: Interruptions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure For Measure and The Crucible.
As a writer Matt has a number professional credits. For Bell Shakespeare: Such Sweet Sorrow, Midsummer Madnesss and Macbeth Intensive. For Poetry In Action: Words of War and The Paper Tiger. His first play, Habibti was awarded second prize in ATYP National Young Playwrights Award.
As an actor Matt's credits include: Romeo And Juliet, Macbeth and Actors At Work (Bell Shakespeare), The Libertine, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sport For Jove), Broken (Browns Mart Theatre), The Seagull (Siren), Richard III (Ensemble) This Fella My Memory and Lessons In Flight (Moogalin), As You Wish and Birds In a Cage (Red Dust), Love Potions (New Theatre), Little Boy (Tamarama Rock Surfers), Tales From the Arabian Nights (Theatre of Image) Tracked (Prompt); Wild Honey (Suck It and See), Plainsong (Black Swan). Film credits include: Natural Selection, Outside, The Junction Boys (ESPN) and Enigma. On television Matt has appeared in guest roles for a number of TV series. For ABC radio Matt has narrated the novels The Stain on the Snow and The White Earth and numerous short stories. His radio plays and series include: Damon, Shootings, The Time is Not Yet Ripe, Chrissy and Jules, Pentimento, and The Hammer of God.
Matt's work has been nominated for multiple awards including PAWA awards, Helpmann Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards. Fully Sikh won a PAWA award for Best Director, The Unknown Soldier won the Glug Award for Most Outstanding Production For Children. Bambert's Book of Lost Stories, the Helpmann Award for Best Production for Children, My Robot an AWGIE award for Best Script for Young People.
Matt is a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow for which he travelled to Vanuatu and London to study Theatre for Development. He has used these skills a resident director in numerous marginalised communities. This has included extensive work in juvenile justice centres, exploring theatre with the homeless in Sydney and developing theatre programs through residencies in remote communities Australia-wide.
Image Kathy Wheatley, The Crucible rehearsals