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Matthew Parker


Matthew is a freelance theatre director and former Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre. He trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London. Matthew is the proud recipient of a Best Artistic Director OFFIE award for his work at The Hope in 2016; the same year The Hope was shortlisted as Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards. 


Recent directing includes I Wish my Life was More Like a Musical (Edinburgh & Wiltons Music Hall) with over fifty 5* reviews 2023.

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Jermyn Street Theatre), Vinegar Tom (OVO Theatre), Trestle (Jack Studio Theatre & The Maltings Theatre Livestream), The Comedy of Errors andHenry V (both Roman Theatre St Albans / Maltings Theatre) and Brainville At Night (UK Tour).


Assistant Directing includes Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK/Ireland Tour) and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Season 2012 where he assisted Robin Norton-Hale and Alex Clifton. Matthew also regularly works as a Movement Director and Choreographer including recent work on Persephone (Arrows & Traps) and Cinderella (Jack Studio Theatre). 


Matthew combines his work as a theatre maker with teaching emerging artists in drama schools. As a faculty member of Drama Studio London (2010-2021), Matthew taught acting classes and courses including stagecraft, text analysis, creating character physicality and audition technique and has directed many productions with the graduating students including 20th and 21st century classics, Pantomime tours, new writing, Restoration Comedy and devised work. He has also taught and led courses, seminars and workshops in various acting and theatre-making disciplines at The MTA, Mountview, Trinity Laban and University of East London. Matthew has created and facilitated actor-training workshops for professional actors at various London branches of Equity and on the London fringe. 


Matthew has received 8 Best Director OFFIE Award nominations, 5 of which were for in-house productions at The Hope: The House Of Yes (2019), The Lesson (2018), Her Aching Heart, Sea Life (both 2016) and Lovesong of the Electric Bear (2015). His other nominations were for his revivals of Thark (2017), Trestle (2021) and the West End transfer of Thrill Me: the Leopold Story to the Jermyn Street Theatre (2022). His adaptation of Chekhov’s Ward No.6 gained a Best Ensemble nomination at The Stage Awards and Time Out Critic’s Choice upon its transfer to London. 

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