Matt Scholten is a Director, Producer, Writer, Lecturer & Acting Coach based in South East Queensland, Australia.
Matt has worked in mainstage, touring, education and independent theatre settings and in regional and metropolitan locations around Australia. Since 2006 Matt has been the Artistic Director & Creative Producer for award-winning, prolific independent theatre company If Theatre.
Matt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 with a postgraduate degree with First Class Honours in Directing. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne.
His work has been presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama Theatre, JUTE Theatre Company, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatreworks, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Union House Theatre, Platform Youth Theatre, Big West Festival, Hoy Polloy Theatre, The Act-o-Matic 3000, The Dog Theatre and many other independent theatre companies, and has featured in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Short + Sweet, Midsumma, Adelaide Fringe and the Emerging Writer’s Festival.
Matt’s theatre work has been nominated for two Helpmann Awards, three Green Room Awards, the Australian Performing Arts Centre Association’s Drover Awards and won the 2015 Drama Victoria Award for Best Production.
Since 2008, If Theatre has been dedicated to collaborating with acclaimed playwright Daniel Keene and has presented eleven productions of Keene’s work. A twelfth production, Mother toured Australia in 2015 & 2016 featuring actor Noni Hazlehurst in a solo performance written for her and will return in 2018 at the Belvoir Street Theatre.
Matt maintains an active freelance directing, producing & writing practice, lectures in theatremaking, acting for stage and screen and is an acting coach for film and television projects.
Matt is particularly experienced in developing new Australian work with playwrights, directing play readings and mentoring emerging artists.
He is currently writing and developing a series of creative projects across a range of storytelling mediums including theatre, film and television.