Matthew Glassman: Co-Artistic Director, Ensemble
Matthew Glassman is an actor, writer, and director who has been working with Double Edge since 2000. He most recently co-created and performed as the Shadow in Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, which premiered in March 2018 at Peak Performances at Montclair State University. He also co-created Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul, based on Latin American story, music and dance, The Grand Parade, which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, and Double Edge’s Garden of Intimacy and Desire Cycle (2003-09) in leading acting roles. Glassman also co-created The Ashfield Town Spectacle, including the Town Meeting (an art and democracy project) and Figures.Glassman has also written Double Edge summer spectacles Shahrazad, a Tale of Love and Magic and Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul.
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. He will direct Double Edge’s forthcoming Summer Spectacle, an original adaptation of The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen. In 2014, Glassman initiated Double Edge’s Art & Survival Biennial. This national convening hosted at The Farm, gathers artists, activists, and change-makers from around the country for a 2-day reflection on the inner workings of artistic practice and its impact on culture and movement building.
Glassman has given lectures, led workshops, and directed residencies at Columbia College Chicago, Emerson College, UMASS Amherst, NYU, Columbia University, Boston University, University of Georgia, MIT, Trinity College, College of the Atlantic, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and many others. He has presented at numerous conferences including most recently Common Field Convening, Creative Commons Conference, Radically Rural Convening, and the Next Gen Rural Summit.Glassman currently serves on the board of directors for Art of the Rural, is a Community Advisor for the Community Foundation of Western Mass, and has served on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Howlround’s National Advisory Council, and as a repeated grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been published in TDR and Howlround, awarded the Mary Lyons Spirit of Adventure Award for Education, and has been a nominee for the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, US Artist Award, and the 2019 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities.