Matt Wolfe has spent more than twenty years as a professional theatre artist and has worked purposefully to become a well-rounded practitioner of the arts skilled in the craft required both onstage and behind the scenes.
Matt's work been largely based in Seattle and New York. He is a member of Actors' Equity and has been part of the development process of five Broadway shows (Million Dollar Quartet, Catch Me If You Can, A Christmas Story, Disney's Aladdin, and Scandalous) and appeared on Broadway in Scandalous. He has toured nationally, performed extensively in regional theatre, and worked with Tony Award-Winning creatives including Jack O'Brien, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Casey Nicholaw, Brian Yorkey, and Terrence McNally as well other industry leaders like Lorin Latarro, Kelly Devine, and David Armstrong. He has been proud to work with many other accomplished artists and to have taken part as an actor in the development and world premieres of many other new musicals, including the development of original works for children under the direction of Linda Hartzell at Seattle Children's Theatre. He has also worked on camera and has been recognized nationally for his voiceover work.
Matt has worked on titles as diverse as Legally Blonde and Man of La Mancha throughout the Northwest in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. He's taken great pride in his travels and work as an artist in the mountains. His greatest joy in that work is to see actors succeed individually and to see casts bond as family. He works in every rehearsal process to foster a sense of community and to instill a shared sense of mission about the story being told.
Matt continues in his current role as Artistic Director of Showtunes Theatre Company in Seattle, a role he inherited from Broadway veteran Martin Charnin. In that role he has worked to expand the company's audience and programming while forging partnerships with larger theatres such as ACT Theatre and Village Theatre. He led Showtunes to a historic first, obtaining permission from the creative team of Shenandoah to change the gender of the lead character made famous by Jimmy Stewart and John Cullum, allowing the tale of a mother protecting her family during the Civil War to be told. He also led Showtunes to present the regional, professional premieres of Leap of Faith and Bridges of Madison County as staged concerts. Matt studied the craft of artistic direction as an intern under the mentorship of Artistic Director Emerita of Seattle Children's Theatre Linda Hartzell. As part of that internship, he project managed the introduction of a new program that provided specialized performances for children with sensory needs. His work in administration has also covered production, marketing, budgeting, board experience, and booking and working cooperatively with venues to produce events.
Matt lives out a passion for teaching by directing educational productions and leading classes and workshops in acting, improv, audition technique, music theatre technique, and more. He has taught for many ages from grades 4-5 to adults.
Matt deploys his marketing skills in the arts, but he has also found a niche working for B2B businesses. So far his work has covered the legal, software, and telecom industries. He brings his experience in professional arts to bear for businesses by helping them discover the most powerful and effective ways to tell their stories. His experience runs the gamut of discovery, strategy, social media advertising, video production, copy writing, and graphic design.
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