Matthew Romantini

As a creator and artist, Matthew works in theatre, dance, and with orchestral ensembles across the continent, as well as in film/tv, voice, prosthetics and motion capture. He has been nominated for and won several awards, endowments and grants (nominations for 5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in total [4 for his company The Thistle Project’s show Gorey Story, and 1 for best ensemble in The Classical Theatre Project’s Twelfth Night]). He has also been nominated for the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe (for Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s interdisciplinary “theatre of music” work Just Out of Reach, and the CTC Award in Vancouver (winning best production for Ghostlight Projects’ The Boys in the Band).

Notable productions include The Rage of Narcissus (Expandido Theatre Group), The Boys in the Band (Ghostlight Projects), April 14, 1912, The Stronger Variations, Birnam Wood and Peter and the Wolf (Theatre Rusticle), Gorey Story, Peer Gynt and Waiting for the Dawn (The Thistle Project), Sunyata, and To-Morrow and To-Morrow with Kokoro Dance, and Crumbling, with choreography commissioned by Kokoro’s Artistic Director, Barbara Bourget, as well as directing 10 Nights of Dream (TomoeArts), and for Randolph College, Unity (1918), The Government Inspector, and Peer Gynt.

Matthew attended The College of the Humanities at Carleton University before graduating from the Acting Conservatory at York University, then trained in Butoh with Kokoro Dance in Vancouver, and became a certified Batdorf Technique instructor in 2018 (an acting technique that focuses on deep physiological awareness to create and repeat compelling and authentic emotional states, with a focus on the long term mental health of the artist). He teaches this work at Randolph College for the Performing Arts.