Matthew Bassett

/Matthew Bassett

Matthew Bassett

Theater Department Chair
 

A freelance actor, director and teaching artist in the MD/DC/VA area since 2010, Matt also teaches Fundamentals of Acting for Montgomery College; Script Analysis, Scene Study, Audition Techniques and various rehearsal projects for The National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts; Musical Theatre Production and Acting 101 for Imagination Stage and workshops for Compass Rose Theater. As an actor, Matt has appeared locally with Ford’s Theatre, The Bay Theatre, The Hub Theatre (where he’s a company member), Washington Stage Guild and The Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences on Tour as well as in short films and a recent miniseries, “The Men Who Built America,” for The History Channel.  Regional theatre appearances include Clarence Brown Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Children’s Theatre, People’s Branch Theatre and Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Matt’s directing work has been seen locally with Compass Rose Theater (Eleemosynary), Arts on the Horizon (Out of the Box – co-created with Tia Shearer) and Imagination Stage’s Summer Theatre Campus (Bye Bye Birdie) in addition to assistant-directing at The Hub Theatre (Big Love – Helen Hayes 2013 nomination for Best Direction) and Roundhouse Theatre (A Wrinkle in Time). Regional directing credits include a dream once lost, a world premiere collaboration with Tia Shearer that opened at the 2007 Philly Fringe; Matt and Ben, a Tennessee premiere with Nashville’s People’s Branch Theatre; and Equus at Tennessee Tech University. He’s also worked as an assistant director, sound designer and production assistant regionally for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, People’s Branch Theatre and Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre. Matt holds a BA in English from Tennessee Tech University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his wife, son and cat. Upcoming work – The Wizard of Oz with Imagination Stage’s Summer Theatre Campus; Under the Canopy with Arts on the Horizon (co-created and co-directed with Tia Shearer).

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