Matthew Glassman: Co-Artistic Director, Ensemble
Matthew Glassman began working with Double Edge Theatre in 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. 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 was also one of the co-creators of The Grand Parade, which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, and toured throughout the US, as well as to Moscow and Norway. He also 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 created scenes in the Ashfield Town Spectacle, including the Town Meeting (an art and democracy project) and Figures.
Since 2014, Glassman has been curating the biennial Art & Survival Convening. Hosted by Double Edge Theatre, the Convening gathers 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.