Biography

Matthew is an educator, scholar, and theatre artist.

He is the Chair of the School of Theatre at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) where he is also on the faculty of the English Department. He recently served as education and curriculum advisor to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and will soon join the literary staff of Crowed Fire Theatre.  He is also the recent recipient of a grant from Cal Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities,  in recognition of his work in bridging the arts and humanities in education.

As a stage actor, director, playwright, dialect coach, and lecturer Matthew has worked throughout the Bay Area for the better part of two decades. 

Matthew earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley with a declared emphasis in poetry. At Berkeley he studied under two of the most respected scholars in medieval and Renaissance literature: Alan Nelson and the late Anne Middleton.  He specialized in Middle English language and literature (writing his thesis on Chaucer and Scottish contemporary Robert Henryson).

He trained as an actor primarily at ACT, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Upon These Boards, in directing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and in playwriting at Central Works. 

Matthew has been active in the Bay Area theatre scene for the better part of twenty years, starting out as an actor with companies such as TheatreFIRST, Los Altos Stage Company, Porchlight Theatre Company, Mill Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Willows Theatre Company among others. He then turned to directing, mounting productions across the Bay Area.

He began as a playwright by adapting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice for Theatre Bay Area's Shakespeare Marathon.  Since then his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts and world premiere original play Salome have been given full productions in the Bay Area. He recently completed a new version of Euripides' tragedy The Trojan Women set in Oakland which received its world premiere as part of Heart of Oakland: Oakland School for the Arts Showcase.  Matthew's site-specific play Walls' Fall -  written for performance at the Getty Mansion in San Francisco - received its world premiere there in April  2016. 

This summer he will join the literary staff of Crowded Fire Theatre and help the development of new work by local playwrights and those already working nationally and internationally.

Matthew is currently the  Chair of the OSA School of Theatre.  As a teacher of acting his focus is on text and voice which he joins with the acting theories of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.  He regularly directs mainstage productions at OSA, most recently curating a festival dedicated to the plays of Samuel Beckett and directing productions of Endgame, Not I, Play, and Rockaby.  Other productions directed at OSA include A Streetcar Named DesireA Raisin in the Sun, and Sarah Ruhl's version of Three Sisters.

Last year he assumed the directorship of the playwriting and directing program at OSA and serves as the artistic director of its New Works Festival. In this role he continues to develop collaborations with such local arts organizations as Crowded Fire Theatre, The Flight Deck, Ubuntu Theatre Project, and San Francisco Opera. 

Matthew's goal is to make OSA a center of new work. To this end his new play The Oresteia(inspired by Aeschylus) will have its world premiere at OSA in April and will be paired with a symposium he has organized around the role of art in pushing for social justice. This project won him a grant from Cal Humanities /National Endowment for the Humanities for his efforts to bridge and arts and humanities.

During the following year (April 2018) his new version of Weill's and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera will also also have its world premiere there. In addition, he continues to work with students on the development of new work. In 2018 the School of Theatre will launch a literary journal featuring the work of young playwrights from around the world. In the process they will create a repository of play scripts for young actors, a group underserved by theatre publishing world. 

Matthew's students in all fields of theatre have gained admission to BFA and BA programs at NYU-Tisch, Carnegie Mellon, CalArts, University of Minnesota, Emerson College, Boston University, Syracuse University, UCLA, USC, University of the Arts, The New School, and elsewhere.

As a member of the English Department at OSA, Matthew's focus has been largely on pre-1900 literature, and he has had the chance to leverage his scholarly background and interests.  Specific units he has developed have included those on poetics, Old/Middle English literature and language, medieval feminisms,  literary translation, novel theory,  linguistics, and semiotics. This year he is introducing OSA's first-ever course in Literary Theory.

Matthew lives in San Francisco with his partner Wade and their two unnervingly adorable dogs Poppi and Ramsey along with an equally unnerving amount of books

 

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ATLANTIC LAW SCHOOL
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IVY UNIVERSITY
B.A., Film & Music, 1994

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PIERCE SCHOOL OF LAW
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WORLD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1995

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