Matthew Glassman; Lead Actor, Writer, Co-Artistic Director
Matthew Glassman began working with Double Edge Theatre in 2000. Most recently, he co-created Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul, based on Latin American story, music and dance. This performance was originally created as a Farm Spectacle, and then proceeded to tour to urban centers and include parades and youth performers in Boston and Springfield. Glassman also co-created The Grand Parade, which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, and toured throughout the US (most recently at Peak Performances, NJ) as well as to Moscow and Norway. He co-created Double Edge’s Garden of Intimacy and Desire cycle in leading acting roles. In Republic of Dreams, based on the work of Polish-Jewish artist Bruno Schulz, Glassman developed the autobiographical role of Joseph/Bruno Schulz. He also created the role of Sancho Panza in the UnPOSSESSED, which premiered at La MaMa ETC (2004), and has toured to numerous venues in the US and abroad.
As a director, Glassman has worked on Total Verruckt!, a solo performance created and performed by Joanna Caplan which has toured in the US and Canada, and The Oven, a monologue by Ilan Stavans. Glassman has also written Double Edge summer spectacles Shahrazad 2014 and Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul and is currently creating several scenes of the Ashfield Town Spectacle including the Town Meeting (an art and democracy project) and Figures.
In 2016, Glassman co-curated the Art and Survival Convening in partnership with Nick Slie (Mondo Bizarro). Hosted by Double Edge Theatre, the Convening gathered artists and change-makers from around the US for a 2-day reflection on the inner workings of artistic practice and its impact on culture and movement building. Glassman served on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, co-leads the National Rural Arts & Culture Working group, and is a Howlround Advisor and has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Glassman has led training for workshops at Columbia College, Emerson College, UMASS Amherst, NYU, Columbia University, Boston University, University of Georgia, MIT, Trinity College, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and others. He has worked extensively in elementary schools throughout New England under National and State Arts in Education and was awarded the Mary Lyon Foundation “Spirit of Adventure Award” for innovative support of local education.