Matt (they/he) is a queer identifying director, producer & video designer/editor working predominantly in Musical & Queer Theatre.
 

Over the past seven years, Matt has created & produced an array of film & theatrical experiences through digital performances, community projects and youth productions. Their practice combines cinematic, scenographic styles with embodied movement & music to create visual spectacles.

Matt is a recent graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with a first class honours degree in Theatre Practice: Performance Arts. During their studies, they became the first student to work for MA Music Theatre as Assistant Director supporting the public productions of the 2019 & 2020 cohort. They have also regularly assisted Adam Lenson on STAGES, INTO THE WOODS & various ALPMusicals online events.​ Most recently, they assisted Ellie Coote and Adam Lenson on THE LIMIT & CATCH ME.

Recent work as director/producer includes WILF GOES WILD (Sarah Middleton & Josh Sneesby, ACE Funded & OnComm Commendation), SUBWAY (Gus Gowland), SNOWFLAKE: VISUAL EP (Lewis Cornay, OnComm Finalist - Innovative), QUEERED: VOLUME ONE (MTPRIDE), ON HOPE: A DIGITAL SONG CYCLE (Victoria Saxton & sixty writers).

 

Matt produces a variety of theatrical experiences through MPTheatricals. As Creative Producer, Matt supports and creates innovative new musicals & LGBTQ+ driven work both onstage and online in a variety of media forms.

Alongside directing and producing, Matt is a video designer and editor. Highly skilled in the Adobe suite, they have designed engaging overlays for live performances, edited full length digital performances & bespoke projects & designed projected sets & visuals for various shows. Recent designs include PUBLIC DOMAIN & SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT.

As a queer identifying practitioner, Matt has a passionate interest and commitment to developing LGBTQ work, through directing & producing queer work and developing their own performance practice. Experience included co-founding & producing MTPRIDE, producing Make Me Infamous (Jude Taylor): a queer superhero musical, directing Subway (Gus Gowland), bare: a pop opera & providing support to a variety of queer artist & writers. Their research focuses on Queer Reframing, and they run workshops on gender performance & queering rep. They are also currently developing a drag act.

Matt provides bespoke services in editing, production support & workshops.

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u p c o m i n g   w o r k

Matt has recently directed and produced Wilf Goes Wild: an animated children's musical with Sarah Middleton & Josh Sneesby, funded by the Arts Council.

They are currently video designing Public Domain by Forristal and Clarke for ALPMusicals.

They are available for Associate/Assistant Director & Video Production work from February.

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d i r e c t o r

 

Interested in directing contemporary musical theatre, reframed revivals & queer driven narratives. Skilled in musical staging, acting through song & integrating film and technology into performance.

Experienced as Assistant Director, with skills in cover staging, multi cast management and rehearsal cover.

As director:

f i l m  &  d i g i t a l  p e r f o r m a n c e

WILF GOES WILD (MPTheatricals - 2020)

QUEERED (MPTheatricals - 2020)

ON HOPE : A DIGITAL SONG CYCLE (The Other Palace - 2020)

r a d i o

SUBWAY (Gus Gowland - 2020)

t h e a t r e 

As director:

AMERICAN IDIOT (2019 - Derby Theatre)

PUNK ROCK (2017 - Guildhall Theatre)

BARE: A POP OPERA (2016 - Duchess Theatre)

AMERICAN IDIOT (2015 - Derby Theatre)

SWEENEY TODD (2015 - Robert Ludlum)

AVENUE Q (2014 - Robert Ludlum)

As associate director:

PUBLIC DOMAIN (2020 - Adam Lenson)

As assistant director:

THE LIMIT & CATCH ME (2020 -

Adam Lenson/Ellie Coote)

STAGES (2020 - Adam Lenson)

PLAZA (2020 - Maja Milatovic-Ovadia)

INTO THE WOODS (2019 - Adam Lenson)

MAMT Showcase (2019 - Emma Gresch)

THE TUNNEL (2019 - Maja Milatovic-Ovadia)

 

Further work includes:

CARRIE (2018 - designer/movement director)

SPRING AWAKENING (2018 - designer/movement director)

p r o d u c e r

 

Creative Producer for MPTheatricals: a production company specialising in musical theatre & LGBTQ+ focused narratives

d i g i t a l  p e r f o r m a n c e

SUBWAY (Full Cast Audiobook)

MAKE ME INFAMOUS (Full Cast Audiobook)

SNOWFLAKE: Visual EP (OnComm Nominated)

MTPRIDE (Co-Curator/Producer)

ON HOPE: A DIGITAL SONG CYCLE (Co-Curator)

t h e a t r e 

Community Theatre:

AMERICAN IDIOT (2019 - Derby Theatre)

PUNK ROCK (2017 - Guildhall Theatre)

BARE: A POP OPERA (2016 - Duchess Theatre)

AMERICAN IDIOT (2015 - Derby Theatre)

SWEENEY TODD (2015 - Robert Ludlum)

AVENUE Q (2014 - Robert Ludlum)

further credits include

SIGNALONLINE (Assistant Producer)

e d i t o r  &  d e s i g n e r

 

v i d e o   d e s i g n

PUBLIC DOMAIN (ALPMusicals)

SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT (ALPMusicals)

PLAZA (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

AMERICAN IDIOT (MTExperiments)

v i d e o   e d i t o r

ORDINARY DAYS (Top Note Arts)

COMING HOME (The MTA)

SNOWFLAKE: VISUAL EP (MPTheatricals - OnComm Nominated)

THE CROOKED SPIRE (Armitage Herritage Arts)

QUEERED - VOLUME ONE (MPTheatricals)

ON HOPE (The Other Palace) 

a u d i o   e d i t o r

MAKE ME INFAMOUS (Audiobook Editor)

Highly experienced in Adobe CC Premiere Pro, After Effects

For details of editing & design services, click here

TEACHING & WORKSHOPS

Assistant Director - MA Music Theatre (RCSSD) | January 2019-October 2020

Working directly with Course Leadership & directors to deliver an educational & professional environment in a series of different works including devised musicals, graduate showcases & new productions of musicals. Further responsibilities include covering rehearsals, note-taking, running small group devised sessions, documentation & 1-1 character development

Private Acting Through Song & Audition Coach | January 2016-Present

Extensive experience in workshopping audition material & individuals repertoire with an emphasis on bringing their own identity into their practice. 

 

Youth Theatre Director & Creative Director | January 2016-July 2017

Providing artistic leadership and direction for casts of 30-50 young people in large scale, youth productions of popular musicals. Providing an educational experience through practical and professional environments.

Credits include:

CHICAGO (di/de/p) | Duchess Theatre (August 2019)   

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (di/p) | Derby Theatre (July 2017)

CATS (di/m/de/p) | Derby Theatre (January 2017)    

LES MISERABLES (di/p)  | Derby Theatre (July 2016)

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