About

Welcome to matthewparker.net the official site for award winning director and theatre maker Matthew Parker

Matthew is an award winning theatre director, actor and the former Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre. He trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London and Bretton Hall College, gaining a First Class Degree in Theatre Arts: Acting. 

He has a passion for bringing his vivid visual imagination and physical approach to his storytelling and relishes a collaborative process, creating highly theatrical, detailed work, rich in emotion and with a tight connection to the audiences heartbeat. 

Matthew has received 6 Best Director Off West End Award (OFFIE) nominations, 5 of which were for productions at The Hope: The House Of Yes, The LessonHer Aching Heart, Sea Life and the European premiere of Lovesong of the Electric Bear, which later transferred to The Arts, West End and won 2 OFFIE awards in 2016. His other nomination was for his revival of Thark in 2017. His adaptation of Chekhov’s Ward No.6 gained a Best Ensemble nomination at The Stage Awards 2009 and Time Out Critic’s Choice upon its transfer to London. 

In 2017 Matthew won the Best Artistic Director OFFIE Award for his work at The Hope Theatre in 2016; the same year that The Hope was nominated as UK Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards.

Directing credits at The Hope Theatre: The House Of Yes, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb StoryThe Lesson, Foul PagesBrimstone and TreacleHer Aching Heart (Winner Best Off West End Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards 2016), Steel Magnolias (Best Off West End Production, Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards 2016), Sea Life and Lovesong of the Electric Bear. Also Antigone (Tales Retold) and Summer Showers (First Draft Theatre Co.).

Other Directing includes TrestleHenry V (OVO), Brainville At Night (UK Tour) Thark (Drayton Arms), The Cherry Orchard, A Scent of Flowers, A Woman Alone (all Jack Studio Theatre), Ward No.6 (C Venues, transferred to Camden People’s Theatre), Brainville At Night (Old Red Lion), Mary Rose (Jack Studio; transferred to Riverside Studios), The Possibilities (Tristan Bates), Two (Dispense Theatre) and The Late Edwina Black (Sheringham Summer Rep). Assistant Directing includes Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK/Ireland Tour) and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Season 2012. He has worked as a Movement Director for the Jack Studio Theatre and award winning Arrows & Traps. 

Matthew is a faculty member of Drama Studio London where he teaches various techniques including Stagecraft is a regular director of pantomime tours, modern classics, restoration comedy and devised work. He has lectured and led workshops at London drama schools including the Musical Theatre Academy, Mountview, Trinity Laban and DSL and has also facilitated workshops for various London branches of Equity. 

For further details on his Directing work please click on his CV or Portfolio pages. 

Matthew also works as an actor and undertakes PR work for Off West End Theatre shows. For more info on these strands of Matthew’s work please click on his Acting and PR pages. 

Matthew is represented for Directing by Jean Diamond at Diamond Management and for Acting by Savages Personal Management

 Best Artistic Director: OFFIE Awards 2017.

News

It’s a dog’s life!

Matthew will be treading the boards this winter as Nana the dog and Smee in a new production of J. M. Barrie’s PETER PAN by OVO Theatre, playing at the Alban Arena from 11 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. More info and tickets here

 

THRILL ME wins 2 OFFIE Awards!

Matthew’s 2019 show THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY was a double winner at this year’s OFFIE Awards with Bart Lambert and Jack Reitman both winning the Male Performance in a Musical award. Many of the THRILL ME team were there to celebrate Bart and Jack’s brilliant win.