Matt Scholten holds a Bachelor of Education with majors in Drama & English Literature from the University of Melbourne. In 2006, he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Gradate Diploma in Dramatic Art with First Class Honours.
Matt 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.
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 scene work, audition skills and preparation, improvisation, text 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, producing 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 and produced 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 collaboration by Benalla Performing Arts Centre (BPACC) with the Benalla ANZAC Commemorative Project and GRADA.
At GRADA, Matt was 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 and artists in residence.
In 2012, Matt was a visiting lecturer and guest speaker at the Adelaide College of the Arts.
In 2013, Matt conducted theatre workshops at Union House Theatre at the University of Melbourne and directed The Tempest for them.
As Artistic Director & Programming Consultant from 2013-2015 at BPACC Matt curated two theatre subscription seasons and created a skills project mentoring six emerging regional female playwrights funded by the Australia Council’s Community Engagement Fund.
In 2014, BPACC presented and co-produced 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.
Matt also ran events at Benalla Arts Gallery’s Free Art School.
In 2016, Matt was a Keynote Speaker at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference: Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect.