Matt Bassett has served as Theater Department Chair of MSA since 2013, creating the school’s acting curriculum and teaching classes including Fundamentals of Acting, Script Analysis, Scene Study, Shakespeare Monologues and Scenes, Classical Styles, as well as coaching and advising MSA students and alum. Since 2018, Bassett also serves as Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre, an award-winning professional theatre company in Northern Virginia. Bassett’s DC-area directing work has garnered multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for direction and outstanding production and includes area and world premieres for The Hub (including 2017’s area premiere of The Happiest Place on Earth, followed by its Denver, CO premiere in Spring 2019 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center), Arts on the Horizon (multiple world premieres and HHA nominations for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences), Imagination Stage, The Logan Festival of Solo Performance, and Flying V Theatre, as well as educational direction for a number of universities and companies. Locally, Bassett has performed at The Hub, Ford’s Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Bay Theatre, Bassett’s work as a playwright/creator has been seen at Columbus Children’s Theatre, Flying V Theatre and Arts on the Horizon (including work created with Tia Shearer). In addition to MSA, Bassett has also taught on the faculties of Montgomery College, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Imagination Stage. Training: MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Matt lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his family.