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M A T T H E W R. W I L S O N
Theatre Instructor, Scholar, Director, Combat & Movement Specialist, Actor
EDUCATION __________________________________________________________________
University of Maryland, College Park
Theatre & Performance Studies (anticipated 2017)
Dissertation: “Harlequin Necromancer: How Commedia dell’Arte, Pantomime, and Dr. Faustus
Changed the 18th-Century London Stage” (in process)
Areas of Specialization: Theatre History and Historical Theatre Architecture with Franklin J. Hildy
Dramatic Theory & Criticism with Catherine A. Schuler
Performance Studies and Ethnography with Laurie Frederik Meer
American Theatre History with Heather S. Nathans
Italian Renaissance with Stefano Villani
Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University
M.F.A. Classical Acting
Acting with Michael Kahn, Floyd King, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Ed Gero, Rob Clare
Voice and Text with Gary Logan, Ellen O’Brien, Dakin Matthews
Movement with Dody DiSanto, Isabelle Anderson, Brad Waller, Roberta Stiehm, Chris Cherry
Elizabethan & Jacobean Literature with Leslie Jacobson and Deborah T. Curren-Aquino
Columbia University
Shakespeare with David Scott Kastan and Edward Tayler
Classical Greek Literature and Language with Helene Foley and Gareth Williams
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT____________________________________________________
“Collaboration,” Columbia Graduate School of the Arts (New York, NY)
Play Development with Anne Bogart and MFA theatre students (2002-2003)
Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell’Arte (Reggio-Emilia, Italy)
Commedia dell’Arte with Antonio Fava (2001-2002); Taught on Fava’s faculty (2004-2009)
Society of American Fight Directors
Certified Teacher (2012), Theatrical Firearms Safety (2012), Advanced Actor-Combatant (2005)
National Rifle Association
Firearms Safety, Operations, and Marksmanship in Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, and Muzzle-loading Firearms
On-Camera Acting Technique (New York, NY)
Professional workshops with Jennifer Rudolph and Jennifer Jones (2004)
Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (New York, NY)
Laban Movement Analysis with CMA Michelle Gay (2008)
Additional Movement Training
Laban (LMA)
Clown & Mime
Alexander Technique
Miriam Phillips, Michelle Gay, Tim Klotz, Anita Loomis, Bruce Cromer
Gerry Trentham, Isabelle Anderson, Dody DiSanto, Antonio Fava, Tim Klotz
Isabelle Anderson
Ronlin Foreman, Dody DiSanto, Troy “Gus” Gillette
Ronlin Foreman, Antonio Fava, Isabelle Anderson, Dody DiSanto
Christopher Cherry
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]
TEACHING EXPERIENCE [select credits]____________________________________________
University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
René Pulliam, Interim Chair of Theatre Arts
Assistant Professor of Performance (Tenure-Track)
THEA 110: Freshman Performance Studies I (Fall 2015)
THEA 111: Freshman Performance Studies II (Spring 2016)
THEA 211: Sophomore Performance Studies II (Spring 2016)
THEA 330: Stage Combat I (Fall 2015)
THEA 331: Stage Combat II (Spring 2016)
Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell’Arte (Reggio-Emilia, Italy)
Antonio Fava, Director
Faculty Instructor of Commedia dell’Arte for international theatre professionals (2004 - 2009)
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
Doctoral Fellow:
Adjunct Professor:
George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Adjunct Professor:
Franklin J. Hildy, Director of Doctoral Research
THET 399G: Commedia dell’Arte in History & Performance (Fall 2012)
THET 223: Text & Context in Western Theatre (Spring 2013)
THET 110: Intro to Theatre [TA] (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
THET 399C: Stage Combat: Single Sword (Winter 2013)
THET 399E: Stage Combat: Unarmed (Winter 2014)
THET 399O: Stage Combat: Broadsword (Summer 2014)
THET 399R: Stage Combat: Rapier & Dagger (Summer 2014)
Leslie Jacobson, Chair of Theatre and Dance
TRDA 3223: Physical Performance Skills (Spring 2014)
TRDA 1214: Intro to Acting (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
TRDA 2216.3: Movement Lab (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Adjunct Professor:
Ken Elston, Chair of Theatre
THR 210: Acting I (Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
Virginia Intermont College (Bristol, VA)
Adjunct Professor:
Bonny Davidson, Coordinator of Performing Arts
THEA 302: Practical Stage Movement (Spring 2006)
Academy for Classical Acting (Washington, DC)
Michael Kahn, Director
Instructor of Commedia dell’Arte for MFA acting candidates (Spring 2009, Spring 2010)
Mary Baldwin College, MLitt/MFA (Staunton, VA)
Doreen Bechtol, MFA Director of Training
Guest Instructor of Movement and Character Development for MFA candidates (Spring 2013)
New York University (New York, NY)
Daniel S. Kramer, Instructor, Playwrights Horizons Studio
Guest Instructor and Performer of Commedia dell’Arte for BFA directing students (Spring 2002)
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Dennis Williams, Director of the Center for Minority Educational Affairs
Guest Lecturer on Shakespeare and Philosophy for the BA scholars program (Summer 2001)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Dan Zellner, Faculty Advisor
Guest Instructor and Performer of Commedia dell’Arte for BA theatre students (Spring 2011)
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
Kevin Inouye, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Guest Instructor of Commedia dell’Arte, Stage Combat, and Acrobalance for BA majors (Fall 2015)
University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
Dorothy Holland, Chair of Theatre & Dance
Guest Instructor of Commedia dell’Arte & Character Development majors (Fall 2013)
Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH)
Matthew Moore, Chair of Theatre
Guest Instructor of Stage Combat & Commedia dell’Arte for BA theatre majors (Spring 2013)
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)
Matt Chiorini, Professor of Theatre Arts
Guest Instructor of Commedia dell’Arte & the Business of Theatre for BA theatre majors (Fall 2013)
King College (Bristol, TN)
Elizabeth Dollar, Professor of Theatre
Guest Instructor of Stage Combat & Commedia dell’Arte for BA theatre majors (Fall 2005, Spring 2007)
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]
TEACHING EXPERIENCE (CONT.)___________________________________________________
Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC)
Robert Young, Director of Education
Shakespeare & Stage Combat instructor for primary and secondary programs (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC)
Vanessa Buono, School Programs Manager
Teaching Artist for Master Acting Classes & secondary school programs (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
Southeastern Theatre Conference (Greensboro, NC)
Denise Halbach, Coordinator
Presenter in Commedia dell’Arte (2005, 2016) and Stage Combat (2016)
International Thespians Conference (Lincoln, NE)
Julia C. Hedges, Education Programs Manager
Instructor of Acting, Stage Combat, Commedia dell’Arte, and Comic Acrobatics (2007)
Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop (Banff, Canada)
Brad Waller, Coordinator
Instructor of Combat and Physical Theatre for theatre professionals (Winter/Spring 2008-09)
SAFD National Stage Combat Workshop (North Carolina School for the Arts)
H. Russ Brown, Coordinator
Instructor of Knife for ISC classes (2012)
Robert “Tink” Tuftee, Coordinator
Summer Sling SAFD Combat Workshop (New York, NY)
Instructor of Broadsword (Fall 2012)
Winter Wonderland SAFD Combat Workshop (Chicago, IL)
John Tovar, Coordinator
Instructor of Acrobalance and Slapstick Combat (2010)
Bond v. Bourne SAFD Combat Workshop (Washington, DC)
Casey Kaleba, Coordinator
Firearms Instructor and Associate Coordinator (Fall 2012)
Tooth & Claw Combat Arts (Washington, DC)
Founding Member with Casey Kaleba
Instructor of Armed and Unarmed Stage Combat for professional actors (Summer 2011 – 2015)
PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS_________________ _______________________________________
A Commedia Christmas Carol (2013)
Published by Playscripts, Inc., Nominee for the 2012 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.
“Stage Combat: A Paradox of Fixed Technique and Free Expression” (2016)
Book Chapter in Movement for Actors, 2nd revised and expanded edition by Allworth Press
“Speechless Spectacles: Commedia Pantomime in the 18th & 19th Centuries” (2014)
Book Chapter in the The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte
“Stages and Staging Practices in Early Commedia dell’Arte” (2014)
Chapter co-authored with Franklin J. Hildy in The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte
“Adventures in Stage Combat Pedagogy”
Journal Article published in The Society of American Fight Directors’ The Cutting Edge, Jan-Feb 2012
“A Well-Made Comedy: The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte & Carlo Goldoni”
Essay Published in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 Season Guide
“Practice & Patrimony: SAT, UNESCO, and Worldwide Commedia dell’Arte Day”
Paper Presented at the 2012 Conference “Passing on the Commedia dell’Arte Tradition” (Toronto)
“Harlequin in America: Keeping His Name, Losing His Place”
Paper Presented at the 2011 Comparative Drama Conference (Los Angeles)
“Gesture as Language: Multilingualism and Sign Language in Commedia dell’Arte”
Paper Presented with Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder at the 2011 International Commedia dell’Arte Festival
“Commedia for Modern Audiences: Purity vs. Innovation”
Panel Participant at the 2011 International Commedia dell’Arte Festival
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________
Much Ado about Nothing
The Lieutenant of Inishmore*
One Man, Two Guvnors
Act A Lady*
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui*
A Servant of Two Masters*
The Molière Impromptu*
Troilus & Cressida*
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Our Town*
Titus Andronicus*
Molière’s Don Juan*
A Commedia Christmas Carol*+
A Commedia Romeo & Juliet*
Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark*
Machiavelli’s The Mandrake*
Edward Albee’s The Sandbox*
96 Layers of Concrete, Furniture, and Air
Between You and Me
Library Play*
Change of Heart
Between You and Me
The Excellent Foppery of Mr. Green
*Also Choreographer credit,
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, MD
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
1st Stage, VA
The Hub Theatre, VA
Lemoyne College, NY
Montgomery College, MD
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Mississippi
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC
Faction of Fools @ Arena Stage
American Theatre of Actors, NYC
The Producers’ Club, NYC
The Theatre-Studio, Inc., NYC
The Theatre-Studio, Inc., NYC
The Theatre-Studio, Inc., NYC
The Red Room, NYC
+Also Writer/Deviser credit
(select credits)
Women Beware Women
Love of the Nightingale
The Green Bird
The Ramayana (2011)
Taking Steps
Comedy of Errors
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
The Fifth Musketeer
Comedy of Errors
The Bilbao Effect
A Touch of the Poet (w/Daniel J. Travanti)
2 Josh
Library Play
Life is a Dream
ABK…For Life
Treasure Island, FL
The Adding Machine
Oklahoma! (musical)
Godspell (musical)
Rapier & Cloak, Falls, Grappling
Ax, Spear, Sword & Shield, Blood
Comic Acrobatics
Knife, Mass Battles
Grappling, Falls, Acrobatics
Unarmed, Falls, Slapstick
Staff, Knife, Mass Battles
Broadsword, Mass Battles
Dagger, Grappling, Blood
Rapier & Dagger/Cloak, Battles
Whip, Ropes, Unarmed, Slapstick
Unarmed, Slapstick
Grappling, Syringe
Grappling, Cane
Knife, Grappling
Rapier & Cloak, Polearms, Blood
Drowning, Grappling, Blood
Shovel, Strangling
Mass Sword Battles
Mass Sword Battles
Superhero Martial Arts Fights
Bar Brawl, Knife, Bottles
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
Constellation Theatre Company, DC
Folger Theatre, DC
Push / Pull Theatre, DC
Concord University, WV
Georgetown Theatre Company, DC
ClassiqueNouveau, DC
Baltimore Shakespeare Festival
Baltimore Shakespeare Festival
Center for Architecture, NYC
14th St Theatre, NYC
Cherry Lane Alternative, NYC
John Houseman Theatre, NYC
Columbia Grad School of the Arts, NYC
Columbia Grad School of the Arts, NYC
Columbia Grad School of the Arts, NYC
Columbia Grad School of the Arts, NYC
UMd Baroque-Renaissance Center, MD
UMd Baroque-Renaissance Center, MD
Taffety Punk Theatre Company, DC
Milligan College, TN
King College, TN
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (cont.)_________________________________________________
(see also Director and Fight Director credits)
The Comedy of Errors
Here and There
Half of One
Monsters and Marvels
Hamlet: Reframed
The Green Bird
Abduction from the Seraglio
The Gospel according to Jazz
The Servant of Two Masters
Fabula Sanguinaria
DC/Baltimore Clown Care
Lazzi, Mask & Movement
Movement, Objects
Movement, Objects
Movement, Objects
Dumb Show Choreography
Mask & Movement
Lazzi, Mask & Movement
Crowd Scenes, Fabrics, Objects
Lazzi, Comedic Violence
Character Development
Folger Theatre, DC
Teatro La Tea, NYC
One Arm Red, NYC
Epiphany Theatre, NYC
Grain of Sand Theatre, DC
Constellation Theatre, DC
Columbia Grad School of the Arts, NYC
Milligan College, TN
Henley Street Theatre, Richmond, VA
Reggio-Emilia, Italy
Big Apple Circus
(select credits)
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, Part 1
Shear Madness
The Green Bird
Taking Steps
Comedy of Errors
Twelfth Night
The Revenger’s Tragedy
The Winter’s Tale
The Taming of the Shrew
Inherit the Wind
Mike Thomas
Lucentio (US)
Tom Davenport
Folger Theatre
Aaron Posner
Folger Theatre
Paul Mason Barnes
Kennedy Center
Bob Lohrmann
Constellation Theatre
Allison Stockman
Constellation Theatre
Allison Stockman
Baltimore Shakespeare
Joe Brady
Baltimore Shakespeare
Michael Carleton
New England Shakespeare Demi Papadinis
Shakespeare Theatre/ACA Chris Grabowski
Shakespeare Theatre/ACA
Rahaleh Nassri
Nashville Shakespeare Festival Brian Clancy
Clarence Brown Theatre
Jay Dysart
Library Play
Hecuba (w/Kristin Linklater)
Love’s Labour’s Lost
2 Josh
The Survival of the Fetus
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Grown-Up’s Playground
Greek soldier
14 characters
Simple Simon
Improv Troupe
John Houseman Theater
45 Bleecker Theatre
Tribeca Playhouse
Cherry Lane Theatre
La Mama ETC
HERE Arts Center
New York Comedy Club
Great One-Man Commedia Epic
Zanni Skinhead Komedy
creator / 15 characters
creator / 2 characters
European & U.S. tours
Italian & U.S. tours
The Last Valentine
Innocent When You Dream
Sad & Beautiful
comedic lead
dramatic lead
dramatic lead
City Lytes Entertainment
Captain Obvious Productions
Captain Obvious Productions
US Postal Service
ATC Manager
O’Keefe Communications
Rock Creek Productions
House of Cards
(opp. Kevin Spacey)
As the World Turns
Senator from Georgia
Netflix Original Series
Orderly (recurring)
Dyana Kimball
Alex Lippard
Kit Thacker
Jeff Janisheski
Vic DiMonda
Shela Xoregos
Matthew R. Wilson
Antonio Fava
Aaron Bliech
Will Clegg
Will Clegg
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]
MEMBERSHIPS & POSITIONS______________________________________________________
Founder & Former Artistic Director, Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc., Washington, DC
Founding Partner, Tooth & Claw Combat Arts, Washington, DC
SDC: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
AEA: Actors’ Equity Association
SAG-AFTRA: Screen Actors’ Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
SAFD: Society of American Fight Directors: Certified Teacher
LIMS: Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
ATME: Association for Theatre Movement Educators
Associazione SAT (
International Coordinator for Worldwide Commedia dell’Arte Day every February 25th
AWARDS & RECOGNITION________________________________________________________
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company (Faction of Fools, 2012)
Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Choreography (Fight Direction, Lt. of Inishmore, 2016)
Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding New Play (Don Juan, 2014)
Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding New Play (A Commedia Christmas Carol, 2013)
Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding New Play (Beertown with dog & pony theatre, 2012)
Dean’s Fellowship (University of Maryland, 2015)
James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship (University of Maryland, 2014)
Graduate Research Fellowship (University of Maryland, 2009-2015)
Acting Fellowship (Academy for Classical Acting)
National Merit Scholarship (Columbia University)
Travel Fellowship (University of Maryland, College Park)
Valedictory Speaker (Academy for Classical Acting)
“Best Scene”: Advanced Actor Combatant Workshop, 2005 National Stage Combat Workshop
“Examiner’s Award for Excellence”: Society of American Fight Directors (2004, 2005, 2008)
Reviews in The Washington Post (Peter Marks) and The New York Times (D.J.R. Bruckner)
Profiled in the SAFD’s The Cutting Edge, Vol. XVI, Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2006)
Maestro of Commedia dell’Arte
Reggio-Emilia, Italy
+39 0522 436768
[email protected]
Theatre Department Chair
George Mason University
[email protected]
Director of Opera and Theatre
New York, New York
[email protected]
SAFD Certified Teacher
Cincinnati, Ohio
[email protected]
Theatre Department Chair
Milligan College, Tennessee
[email protected]
Producer and Theatre Critic
New York, New York
[email protected]
Matthew R. Wilson
(347) 247-0755
[email protected]

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