Mark Matthews – B.A. (Theatre); Dip. Ed. (Drama); M.A. (Directing); Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).
As a graduate of the University of Western Sydney with Bachelor of Arts (Theatre), Graduate Diploma of Education (Drama) and Master of Arts (Directing) degrees to his name, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge, dedication and passion for the arts to Sydney Theatre School.
Mark’s extensive experience in acting, directing, teaching and production roles, ranging from Artistic Director and Director through to General Manager, sees him bring a hands-on approach and deep understanding of actor-training to his role as Sydney Theatre School’s Head of School.
He has performed as an actor in many theatre productions, television shows and TV commercials. He has also directed over thirty theatre productions at venues such as the Stables Theatre; Pilgrim Theatre; King Street Theatre; Seymour Centre; Sidetrack Theatre; Parade Studio, NIDA; Figtree Theatre and others. In 2009 his production of This Mortal Coil toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnering several favourable reviews and one cast member a Commendation for Acting award from the Sunday Times.
His other notable roles include Artistic Director of the Pilgrim Theatre in Sydney from 1995-1998; Affiliate Director with the Sydney Theatre Company; and General Manager of Sydney Art Theatre in 1998; Co-Director of City Drama Studio Pty Ltd. from 1998-2001; Head of Drama and drama teacher at several Sydney private schools; Lecturer in Drama at Uxbridge College, London in 2002-2003; and Director of the actors’ agency, Sydney Creative Management, from 2006-2013.
Mark’s reputation in the industry earned him a place on the panel of industry judges for the Most Outstanding Actor category, at the 2011 TV Week Logie Awards.
Reviews – Theatre productions directed by Mark Matthews.
“This Mortal Coil is a dense, multi-faceted play…a daringly experimental piece best suited to those with a serious interest in contemporary theatre…thought-provoking drama with some fine performances by this group of up-and-comers”
All the Festivals (Edinburgh Fringe)
“Strong acting based on an improvised theme is combined with wit, satire and a sensitive portrayal of strong emotion (This Mortal Coil). If you see nothing else at this venue see this. It’s a gem from down under – a truly innovative and thought provoking look at life from the other side.”
Quaker Meeting House (Edinburgh Fringe)
“This Mortal Coil is a thought-provoking tale of seven different women from different decades and places who find themselves in a room with no exit. Their discussion of how the world differs between the times the women come from causes many amusing moments, and although the moral of finding one’s own path in life is somewhat simplistic, the method of arriving at it is what makes the play a pleasure to watch, alongside the mature acting skills of these promising young actresses.” ****
Three Weeks (Edinburgh Fringe)
“Mark Matthews’ production (A Doll’s House) for
Sydney Morning Herald
“Director Mark Matthews and designer Bogdan Koca have made Ibsen’s classic (A Doll’s House) as shocking, fresh and relevant as it ever was and, with great performances….it makes for a great evening’s theatre”.
“This production, directed by Mark Matthews, recognises not only the tragedy of Nora’s plight but also the humour of her situation…Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is an important work and this production is one of the few I’ve seen to do it justice”.
“Matthews’ direction strikes all the right notes as Ibsen’s story unfolds…Go see! One scene of A Doll’s House has more dramatic force than some complete plays that are currently running in
South Sydney Bulletin
“Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (directed by Mark Matthews) is a first rate piece of theatre by any standard…The acting by the entire cast is superb, as are the directing and designs”. The Australian Jewish News
“This is a most exciting production of a difficult play (Measure for Measure). Under the direction of Mark Matthews, the play was performed with great power and passion by all concerned in what was ultimately a thought-provoking production”.
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Sydney Morning Herald
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“It’s a great production (The Big Funk) with everything a day can bring – humour, shock, happiness and sadness. The cast is directed with a sure hand by Mark Matthews”.
The Daily Telegraph
“Director Mark Matthews and the performers…do a wonderful job of creating conflict, hysteria, drama and witty exchanges in a piece (After Dinner) that is extremely funny”.
“There is entertainment here (After Dinner) and honest acting under director Mark Matthews”.
The Australian Jewish News
“Congratulations are due to writer / director / performer Mark Matthews for having conceived and executed this flawlessly irreverent farce (Doctor Flawless). I urge you to see this show and to take your friends too – you won’t regret it. It’s dynamite”.
The Drum Media