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I am deeply passionate about musical theatre. The art form has been a constant inspiration.​ I have worked in a variety of roles in musical theatre including directing, producing, assisting, designing and developing new musicals, reframed revivals and musical artists through digital, professional, community and youth projects over the past eight years. I have taught acting through song in academic and drama club settings.  I am a 2020 graduate from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a first class honours degree in Theatre Practice: Performance Arts. During my studies, I became the first student to work for MA Music Theatre as Assistant Director supporting the public productions of the 2019 & 2020 cohort. I have also regularly assisted Adam Lenson on various new musicals.

Recent work and career highlights include

  • Creative Producer for MPTheatricals work including

    • Is He Musical? by Jude Taylor- World Premiere Livestream, Live production at Curve, Leicester and Concert Production at The Other Palace

    • Snowflake by Lewis Cornay - Visual EP & Workshop Production at The Lowry, Salford Quays

    • Wilf Goes Wild by Sarah Middleton and Josh Sneesby - Animated Childrens Musical​

    • Subway: A Musical Short by Gus Gowland- Audio Musical

    • Make Me Infamous by Jude Taylor - Audio Musical

    • MTPRIDE - co-produced with Queerly Productions, ALPMusicals, MTN & MMD - Digital Festival

    • on hope: a digital song cycle - directed/co-produced with The Other Palace and Victoria Saxton - Digital Song Cycle Trilogy

  • Assistant/Associate Director to Adam Lenson on Public Domain (Forristal and Clarke), STAGES: A Video Game Musical (Chris Czornyj)

  • Assistant Director for MA Music Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on The Limit (Dir: Adam Lenson/Ellie Coote, Writers: Freya Smith & Jack Williams), Catch Me (Dir: Adam Lenson/Ellie Coote, Writers: Arnoud Brietbarth & Chris Czornyj), Plaza (Dir: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia, Devised Musical) Into the Woods (Dir: Adam Lenson), The Tunnel (Dir: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia, Devised Musical) 

  • American Idiot - Derby Theatre, July 2019 - Director/Producer/Video Designer

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MPTheatricals

Creative & Development Producer

MPTheatricals develop & produce outstanding new musicals on stage and screen, whilst amplifying LGBTQIA+ voices every step of the way.

Producing with an artist development focus, we collaborate with queer music theatre artists, writers and performers to tell stories across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. We offer bespoke development, mentorship & performance opportunities from scratch events, showcases & full productions. 

We're passionate about digital storytelling & how we can bring theatrical experiences to the screen & non-stage platforms.

MPTheatricals is led by producer Matt Powell: a genderqueer creative with over eight years of experience in various creative roles.

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on hope: a digital song cycle

Director/Co-Curator/Video Designer

MPTheatricals in collaboration with The Other Palace to present on hope: a digital song cycle -  an unprecedented outpouring of new musical theatre pieces designed to spark hope during this global crisis.

 

Curated by Matt Powell & Victoria Saxton in collaboration with The Other Palace, the trilogy blends together pre-recorded and live performances of songs written by over 60 international composers and features a cast of over 100 performers while in isolation. 

Curated by Matt Powell & Victoria Saxton

Venue Producer: Kiki Stevenson

Technical Production: Bartek Podkowa, Heather Pasfield

Songwriters: Amies and Clements, AJ O'Neill, Åke Andersson,

Alanya Bridge, Alex Syiek, Amy Clare Tasker, Anne-Marie Piazza, Becca Blackmore, Bella Barlow & A.C Smith, Bella Barlow & Nikki Racklin, Benjamin Scheuer, Chris Ash & Victoria Saxton, Chris Hutchings, Cynthia Wong, Davyd Strahan-Hughes, Drew Dillon, Eléonore Duizabo & Sam Young, Emily Rose Simons, Gus Gowland, Hilmi Jaidin, Izzy Owen, Jaime Lozano & Neena Beber, Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary, janine browne (jb), Jean-Paul Mark Shlom, Joe Howlett, Joe McNeice & Matt Spalding, Jim Barne, Jon Hare, Jonathan O'Neill & Issac Savage, Jordan Li-Smith, Jude Taylor, Kath Haling, Kerry Kaz & Earl Marrows, Keurim Hur & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Kevin Velez, KS Lewkowicz, Leanne Sedin, Lewis Cornay, Lillia Woodbury, Luke Di Somma, Maisy Beth Crunden, Meg McGrady & Laura McGrady, Michael Patrick Walker, Neil Bastian, Omar Baroud, Phoebe & Isabella Mansell, Rachel Bellman & Josh Bird, Raphael Smith, Rebecca Hart, Rob Rokicki, Samantha Rosenblatt & Lucy O'Brien, Sara Eeke & Giles Fernando, Sarah Middleton & Josh Sneesby, Sharon Kenny, Stew Simpson & Mat Mellor, Susannah Pearse, Tony Greenlaw, Vic Landa & Mayta Cohen, William Karras & Janey Feingold, Vikki Stone, Zoe Morris & Matthew Mori, Zoe Morris & Rachel Hammond

Musical Theatre Teaching & Youth Theatre

Director: Crazy for You | Derby Youth Musical Theatre | Ongoing

Details coming soon

Creating Musical Theatre Tutor | BA Musical Theatre – University of Wolverhampton | March-May 2022

Developing two new musicals with second year cohorts.

Acting Through Song Tutor | BA Musical Theatre – University of Wolverhampton | October-November 2021

Running six sessions of 1-1 acting through song tuition, developing repertoire from 1920s-2010s.

 

Assistant Director | MA Music Theatre - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama | January 2019-October 2020 (Freelance)

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, acting through song tuition, supporting Extended Projects. Projects included: THE LIMIT & CATCH ME (Dir: Ellie Coote, Adam Lenson), PLAZA (Dir: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia), INTO THE WOODS (Dir: Adam Lenson), MAMT 19 Graduate Showcase (Dir: Emma Gresch), THE TUNNEL (Dir: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia)

 

Associate Director | The MTA – Digital Musical Project | August-September 2020

Working alongside director Adam Lenson to remote produce a new musical entirely remotely. Responsibilities include acting through song, scene devising and development, editing, running tutorials in digital software and filming, 1-1 support and mentoring.

 

Creative and Managing Director | Creatio Arts | August 2013-August 2019

Managed an arts company producing an array of content through different artistic sectors, predominately theatre training & performance opportunities for 12-50 year olds, community productions & talent development. Key responsibilities include sales management, marketing campaign management, graphic design, accounts, employment, contracting and artistic direction.

 

Youth Theatre Director & Creative Director | Creatio Youth | 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 (August 2019), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (July 2017), CATS (January 2017), LES MISERABLES (July 2016)

 

Further teaching experience includes Private Acting Through Song & Audition Coaching, LAMDA examinations, consulting on career futures with 16-21-year olds, running artistic mentorship and development programmes through production company MPTheatricals, summer school guest teaching, cover teaching and rep development. I have also worked for the University of the Arts, Philadelphia as a Video Designer, providing occasional tuition on filming and technologies.