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Matt is an arts professional with over thirteen years of experience working as a director, actor, dramaturg, educator and theatre producer. For five years Matt produced theatre with Necessary Angel Theatre Company, one of Canada's foremost contemporary theatre companies. Originally from Kitchener, Matt has proudly returned to his roots and shifted his focus to building a great arts organization in Waterloo Region.
Directing credits for Green Light Arts include: The Amish Project; Andy Warhol presents: Valerie; Borderland; Camp Knotacult; Adam Bailey is on Fire; This is War (upcoming). Other recent directing credits include: Eurydice (University of Waterloo); Adam Bailey is on Fire (Winnipeg/ Edmonton/ Victoria/ Toronto Fringe Festivals); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (KW Youth Theatre); Andy Warhol presents: Valerie (Toronto Fringe); Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre), and Eirlys and Eckhart (Cart/Horse Theatre).
As an educator, Matt spent three years as a guest instructor in the Sheridan College/University of Toronto at Mississauga theatre program teaching courses in Chekhov, coaching tutorials and preparing actors for Theatre Ontario showcases. In 2015, he joined the University of Waterloo Drama and Speech Communication faculty as a sessional instructor where he has so far taught Directing and is currently directing the University’s 2016 fall production. Matt is passionate about youth arts education. In Toronto, through Necessary Angel, has devised and ran a successful at-risk program in the priority neighbourhood of Weston Mt. Denis. Through Green Light Arts, he piloted a summer drama camp in 2014, has taught drop-in drama classes and workshops for youth through partnerships with Kitchener Public Library, Kinbridge Community Association, Kingsdale Community Centre and Traynor-Vanier Community. In 2016, he launched a week-long theatre training intensive called The Sandbox with young adults. In 2017, Matt will lead an initiative called The Neighbourhood Project exploring community exchange through building an original piece of theatre with youth in a priority Kitchener neighbourhood.
Matt spent three seasons performing with Theatre & Company in Kitchener (credits include Mourning Dove, Metamorphosis, A Christmas Carol and The Boys Own Jedi Handbook I&II) as well as directing plays, teaching classes and facilitating the Summer and March break camps and Youth @ Theatre & Company after-school programs.
Matt's dedication and passion for theatre arts, whether the programming is educational or production based, is infectious to everyone he meets. Through Green Light Arts he aims to make art that reflects the concerns of contemporary society and strengthens Waterloo Region's identity as a cultural beacon.
Matt holds a Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama.
Carin is an arts professional with over 11 years of experience in the industry. She has been an executive arts administrator and theatre producer for 7 years, 5 of which were as the Producer and General Manager of fu-GEN Theatre Company in Toronto. Her producing credits prior to Green Light Arts include: Durango, Ching Chong Chinaman, sex tape project, Brown Balls, GENesis: Asian-Canadian Theatre Conference, and five seasons of Potluck Playwriting Festivals.
Carin started off as a professional actor/singer/dancer and choreographer. Select acting credits: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge (Theatre & Company), Raging Dreams: into the visceral (Theatre Gargantua), Life on Mars: Inspired by the Sound and Vision of David Bowie (Atlantic Ground Control), SUDS, the Musical (Brockville Arts Centre), Nana and The Catalyst (Toronto Fringe, Outstanding Performance). Select choreography credits: Eurydice (University of Waterloo), Ching Chong Chinaman (fu-GEN Theatre), It’s Just a Phase (Gregarious Productions, Toronto Fringe), Life on Mars (Atlantic Ground Control).
Carin segued into the Producing realm courtesy of her time as a jack-of-all-trades personal assistant to commercial entertainment producers. She owes quite a bit to her for-profit mentors but prefers working in the not-for-profit and charitable sector. She is committed to Green Light Arts vision of promoting positive social change and creating meaningful community impact through the performing arts.
Carin is also an accomplished alignment-based Hatha Yoga teacher in Waterloo Region. She teaches regularly at Queen Street Yoga and Amma Yoga. Carin holds an Honours B.A. in Theatre & Drama Studies, a joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.
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Cover photo: Daniel Di Marco. Hart House Theatre's production of Bone Cage directed by Matt White