Matthew Glassman
¬ít`Matthew Glassman is Lead Actor and Co-Director. A core group member and officer of the artist-run Board of Directors, Glassman is also the co-director of the ensemble's actor training. He has co-created and originated leading roles in the last three performances in Double Edge's Garden of Intimacy and Desire cycle. Most recently, he has created the role of Yosee Strigler in the Disappearance. In Republic of Dreams, he created the role of Joseph/Bruno and portrayed the largely autobiographical character from Bruno Shculz's writings "with a stunning vulnerability¨ (Boston Metro). He also created the role of Sancho Panza in the UnPOSSESSED. Glassman has been instrumental in the success of the theatre's Summer Spectacle performances, as a co-creator and leading actor, most recently reviving the role of Sancho Panza in The Illustrious Return of Don Quixote (2008). Glassman has extensive experience teaching emerging theatre artists, beginning with his work designing and directing the theatre's student programs, and including co-direction of the training residencies/performances at Brandeis University and the Yale School of Drama. Glassman heads Double Edge's touring initiatives, which in recent years have included tours to three countries and numerous venues in the US; he also produced for Double Edge two sold-out New York tours by the acclaimed Polish company Gardzienice. His work as a playwright, Joby's Music, was showcased at Hartford's New Plays Festival and won First Prize in Playwriting at Trinity College. Prior to coming to Double Edge, Glassman worked in elementary and middle schools throughout New England, teaching movement, circus arts, monologue-writing, and mask work, through national and state Arts in Education funding programs. He has a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Trinity College, and participated in the Trinity/La MaMA Performing Arts program.
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