Matt Scholten
Director, Writer, Producer & Educator

Photo by Barbara Lowing

Matt (he/him) is an award-winning director, writer, producer, educator and acting coach based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

Matt is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Writer’s Guild and Australian Director’s Guild.

Matt works in theatre, film, television and university settings and he is the Artistic Director & Creative Producer of prolific independent theatre company If Theatre established in 2006.

If Theatre’s most recent production is the acclaimed and award-winning MOTHER by Daniel Keene, starring Noni Hazlehurst which is currently in pre-production for a season on Broadway produced by Tony Award winning producer Cody Lassen & Associates.

His theatre directing work has been produced by Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, La Mama, JUTE, Playlab, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Works, Union House Theatre and many more.

Matt currently teaches in the acting programmes at Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University and the Australian Performing Arts Conservatory. Previously he lectured in acting and drama and directed productions at the University of Southern Queensland and the Victorian College of the Arts.

His first film as writer/director BELONGING funded by Screen Australia and Network Ten won the 2020 Melbourne Queer Film Festival award for Best Documentary and was a finalist for the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival. He is currently developing a range of screen projects.

For all professional engagements please contact his agent
Tracy LeMin at management11

Select Credits:

2022

Director: O, Ophelia by Amber Grossmann (creative development)/JUTE Theatre & Overall Arts
Writer/Director: Haven (second creative development)/Belloo Creative & If Theatre (co-written by Katherine Lyall-Watson)
Director: Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton/Playlab Theatre
Director: Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare/Australian Performing Arts Conservatory
Began as Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ Australian Performing Arts Conservatory
Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ QUT

2021

Director: Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton (creative development)/Playlab Theatre
Director: The Track by Katherine Thomson (creative development)/QPAC
Director: Mr Burns-a post electric play by Anne Washburn/QUT
Director: Far Away by Caryl Churchill/Perform Australia
Co-Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Haven (creative development) Queensland Theatre
Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ QUT

2020

Director: Remote by Stef Smith/QUT
Director: Dinner by Moira Buffini/QUT
Director: Mother by Daniel Keene/QPAC & If Theatre (return season)
Director: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare/Griffith University
Director: Mother by Daniel Keene/HOTA Gold Coast & If Theatre
Writer/Director: Belonging (short film)
Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ QUT

2019

Director: The Dark Room by Angela Betzien/QUT
Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ QUT


2018

Director/Producer: The Campaign by Campion Decent/Tasmanian Theatre Company, Salamanca Arts Centre, Blue Cow Theatre & If Theatre
Director: Mother by Daniel Keene/QPAC & If Theatre
Director: Mother by Daniel Keene/Belvoir Street Theatre & If Theatre
Began as Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ Griffith University and QUT

2017

Director: Here We All Are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash/JUTE @ Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre
Director: Here We All Are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash/JUTE @ Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, Cairns
Acting Coach: Grace Beside Me (television series)/ Magpie Pictures
Director: The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca/University of Southern Queensland
Director: Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind/ University of Southern Queensland
Senior Lecturer in Acting @ University of Southern Queensland

2016

Director/Producer: Mother by Daniel Keene/New South Wales and Queensland tour/If Theatre and Regional Arts Victoria
Director: Tartuffe by Moliere, adapted by Justin Fleming/University of Southern Queensland
Director: Lysistratra by Aristophanes, adapted by Matt Scholten/University of Southern Queensland
Sessional Lecturer in Acting @ University of Southern Queensland

2015

Director/Producer: Mother by Daniel Keene/Victoria and Tasmania tour
/If Theatre and Regional Arts Victoria
Artistic Director, Benalla Performing Arts Centre

2014

Artistic Director, Benalla Performing Arts Centre
Head of Acting at GRADA (GOTAFE Academy of Dramatic Art)
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts

2013

Director’s Attachment: A Place to Call Home (television series) Channel Seven
Director: The Tempest by William Shakespeare/Union House Theatre
Director/Producer: Boxman by Daniel Keene/Victorian and New South Wales National Tour
Head of Acting at GRADA (GOTAFE Academy of Dramatic Art)
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts

2012

Director: The Curtain by Daniel Keene/ Melbourne Theatre Company
Director: The Heretic by Richard Bean/Melbourne Theatre Company
Head of Acting @ GRADA (GOTAFE Academy of Dramatic Art)
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts

2011

Director: Reykjavik by Paul Galloway/Melbourne Theatre Company
Director/Producer: Boxman by Daniel Keene/Big West Festival
Director: Black Box 149 by Rosemary Johns/ La Mama
Director: Crossed by Chris Summers/La Mama
Director/Producer: Boxman by Daniel Keene (creative development)/Big West Festival
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts
Head of Acting @ GRADA (GOTAFE Academy of Dramatic Art)

2010

Director/Producer: The Nightwatchman by Daniel Keene/Theatre Works
Assistant Director: Life Without Me by Daniel Keene/Melbourne Theatre Company
Director: Dying City by Christopher Shine Hoy Polloy/Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts
Lecturer in Acting @ GRADA (GOTAFE Academy of Dramatic Art)

2009

Writer/Director: Mr Football by Matt Scholten/The Dog Theatre & Big West Festival
Director/Producer: The Cove/The Dog Theatre & If Theatre
A repertory season of eight short plays by Daniel Keene:
A Death
A Glass of Twilight
Cafe Table
Somewhere in the Middle of the Night
The First Train
The Morning After
To Whom It May Concern
Two Shanks


Director: Human Resources by Chris Aronsten, The Dog Theatre & Automatic 3000
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts

2008

Director/Producer: Half and Half by Daniel Keene/The Dog Theatre,
Director: Mr Kolpert by David Gieselmann /Actomatic 3000
Director: The Crucible by Arthur Miller/Eagles Nest
Sessional Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts

2007

Director: Blindingly Obvious Facts by Ben Ellis/Short & Sweet @ Fairfax Studio,
Director: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet/Human Sacrifice Theatre @ Chapel
Assistant Director: Hard Lines Playreadings/Melbourne Theatre Company
Director/Producer: Three Short Plays By Jack Hibberd: Three Old Friends/Just Before the Honeymoon/This Great Gap of Time/ La Mama
Director/Producer: A Slight Ache by Harold Pinter, Chapel Off Chapel


I work in many locations in Australia however my creative practice is based on the lands of the Turrbal and Yugara people, the First Nations owners of Meanjin. I respectfully acknowledge all elders past, present and emerging and also that sovereignty of this country was never ceded. This always was and aways will be Aboriginal Land.

(c) 2022 Matt Scholten