Mark Matthews – B.A. (Theatre); Dip. Ed. (Drama); M.A. (Directing); Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA40104).
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.