Next up, the amazing Mat Howard. His official job title is “Education and Development Coordinator, Creative Planner,” but we like “Fearless Organizer.”
Mat hails from Sydney, Australia and is deeply passionate about Shakespeare, theatre and his dog, Finn. In addition to working in Arts Administration, he is a playwright, theatre director and performer, having created over 30 main-stage and studio productions in Australia, Canada, Thailand, and the USA.
In 1998, Mat was named Young Australian Shakespearean Artist of the Year and studied at the Globe Theatre, London, and Royal Shakespeare Company. Mat has since taken on many ambitious challenges, re-interpreting both classical and contemporary texts and devising original works.
Mat’s playwriting credits include Blunderland (2003), Fallen Fruit for the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival (2005), The Third Tomorrow (2007) and Vector (2009). Directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2000), Hamlet (2002), Angels in America, Parts I and II (2004), Medea (2004), Pericles (2006), Lady in Waiting, which toured to New York City (2008) and Talking Heads (2008). In 2010, he will direct Normand Chaurette’s The Queens for the Alumnae Theatre, as well as a new devised piece by Nonnie Griffin, titled Sister Annunciata’s Secret. Mat has also directed Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest for Shakespeare in Action’s Shakespeare for Kids program.
On the Admin side of things, Mat has worked as National Education Director for The Shakespeare Globe Centre Australia, Company Administrator for Mocean Dance, Halifax and as Program Coordinator at the Bangkok International Conservatory of Performing Arts/Chulalongkorn University. For more information about Mat, visit his website: mathoward.org
Mat loves working with Shakespeare in Action, and is excited about the challenges and adventures of the year ahead!