Matt Scholten was a Senior Lecturer in Acting and Guest Director at the University of Southern Queensland, working with students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Honours degrees from 2015-2017. In 2018, Matt will be lecturing in acting at Brisbane Conservatorium at Griffith University and QUT in Brisbane. Matt recently completed work as Acting/Drama Coach on Magpie Pictures’ television production Grace Beside Me which will screen locally on NITV, SBS On Demand & ABC TV and the Disney Channel internationally.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Education with majors in Drama & English from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a Teacher in a range of education settings since 1993. Matt is available to work as an Acting Coach and to run workshops and training in Directing and Acting Australia-wide. He has taught audition skills and preparation, improvisation, script analysis and development.
After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2006, Matt returned to the VCA to lecture in acting and directing from 2007-2014. At the VCA, Matt directed productions such as John Romeril’s Chicago-Chicago, All Souls by Daniel Keene, Roulette by Raimondo Cortese, L’ Intruse by Maurice Maeterlinck, Fire Island by Charles Mee, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill and The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufmann. He created and taught the VCA’s first short courses in directing and hosted the VCA’s first Regional Outreach Project: a Winter School at Benalla Performing Arts Centre (BPACC) in 2012.
From 2010-2014, Matt was the Head of Theatre Arts at GOTAFE in Benalla, working as director and dramaturg, curating and programming all student productions for the GOTAFE Regional Academy of Dramatic Art (GRADA). At GRADA, Matt was Course Coordinator for a range of performing arts courses: the Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting), Diploma of Theatre Arts, Certificate IV in Theatre Arts and Certificate IV in Arts Administration. Matt also taught students in the Production and Dance streams at GRADA and worked with a range of community groups in the region on theatre productions.
At GRADA, Matt directed productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Seagull, Macbeth, Don’s Party, Thirteen and wrote and directed a touring work for children, Little Splash as well as the play The Drums of Time, a verbatim work commemorating the lives of local people in WW1, a collaboration by BPACC with the Benalla ANZAC Commemorative Project and GRADA. Matt worked as resident dramaturg on Our Town and Dimboola, and on devised works We Have A Right To Know and Mr Harcourt Comes Home. Matt created a popular play readings season for GRADA, ran a part time Acting Studio programme and a series of masterclasses with leading industry practitioners as artists in residence including actors Noni Hazlehurst and John Wood.
In 2012, Matt was a visiting lecturer and guest speaker at the Adelaide College of the Arts.
In 2013, Matt conducted workshops at Union House Theatre at the University of Melbourne and directed The Tempest for them.
As Artistic Director at BPACC Matt created a skills project mentoring six emerging regional female playwrights funded by the Australia Council’s Community Engagement Fund. In 2014, BPACC hosted FR!SK, a week long residency by VCA’s Company 2014 offering master classes, community events and workshops and a performance season of four newly devised works.
In 2016, Matt was a Keynote Speaker at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference: Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect.
In 2016 he taught an Acting Masterclass over six weeks at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba.
In early 2017, Matt ran a six week Director’s Workshop supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund for the Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre.