Consultant - English Artistic Programs and Development
Matt brings thirty years of acting and fifteen years of arts education experiences to The Learning Connections (TLC). As both an educator and a father, he understands the enormous responsibility towards parents and children that trainers undertake. He is dedicated to ensuring that arts education is relevant and valuable and that the content and delivery of curricula transfers into clear and useful learning outcomes for children.
Matt began acting in British television over 30 years ago. In the mid 1980’s, he trained at the Guilford School of Acting and Dance in England and has since worked as an actor in the UK, Australia and Singapore. In 2000, he acquired a teaching licentiate with Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began to specialize in teaching voice and speech for actors. He has had extensive experience with training Asian and Western actors and acting students and has taught many established local actors.
He has established a fully comprehensive voice-training programme, drawing upon a range of established disciplines, which supports his own understanding and development of voice and speech training. He combines detailed theoretical knowledge of vocal anatomy and its behaviour with a useful exploration into the relationships between actors’ vocal choices as they affect meaning; how our bodies respond to circumstances and how these changes affects the sounds we make, how character and intentions influence these sounds and therefore contribute to meaning.
He believes that solid technique needs to underpin imaginative exploration. Matt has over 10 years experience in managing Performing Arts programmes and is dedicated to enabling enthusiastic students to explore their curiosity about the world, themselves and humanity through the medium of Performance.
Matt presently is on the faculty of Performing Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. He has performed with International Jazz sensation Laura Fygi in the Singapore’s stage production of Victor Victoria. His notable performances include Chinglish, The Tempest, The Crucible, Freud’s Last Session, Company and many others. He also writes and performs his own music for children and has produced a number of educational CDs for early childhood. Matt is also a highly sought-after voice-over artist and provides the voices for cartoon animations, commercials and television both in Singapore and abroad.