Matthew Hahn

Theatre Director
Theatre for Development Facilitator

About

Matthew Hahn is an international theatre director, playwright and theatre for development facilitator, post-graduate with experience of creating, coordinating and implementing theatre projects in the United Kingdom, the United States, East & Southern Africa.    He is experienced in co-creating international theatre projects focusing on developing and enabling young people, social cohesion, peace-making and conflict resolution in the Global South & North.

Under lockdown, he was busy adapting his practice for an online world though the facilitating and directing of online plays & workshops for a variety of theatre festivals, community centres, theatres companies and organisations.  Recently, he directed a Zoom live theatre performance of Catastrophe  featuring Tony Award winning actor John Kani & Jack Klaff for The Peacock Theatre Festival for Civil Liberties.  He also created & curates the quarterly Festival of Fleeting Words, an online 24-hour festival which brings together theatre-makers from around the world.

Before the lockdown, he directed two new plays for the South by South East Festival at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury: Trust, which was developed as part of the Folkestone 48 Play Festival, and imPEACHable, a tribunal theatre piece based on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Currently, he is creative producing Festival of Fleeting Words and re-starting many projects that have laid dormant since March 2020.

As a theatre for development practitioner, he facilitates interactive and participatory theatre projects focusing on social cohesion, peace-making and conflict resolution.  His play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, has been performed in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa; he regularly facilitates ‘Ethical Leadership’ Workshops based on his interviews with former South African political prisoners and selections from ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.’  He is a trustee at Most Mira, a charity which uses applied arts to help to build bridges between divided communities in Bosnia.

From 2008 to 2018, he was a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, London specializing in theatre for development.  From 2006 to 2016, he was a training facilitator with Theatre for a Change, a UK charity which utilizes interactive theatre to train teachers and facilitators on the topics of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health.  Matthew has degrees in Political Science & Journalism from Indiana University (1995) in the United States and is a graduate of the Goldsmiths College Masters in Theatre Directing programme (2002) in the United Kingdom.  He trained with the SITI Company in New York (2000) and with Anne Bogart in Dublin, Ireland (2005).  He has also trained with the Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company (2005) in London in their Forum Theatre / Joker Training Programme.

As an artist and social activist, he is drawn to complex political opportunities that allow him to utilize his skills as a theatre director, writer and facilitator to further developmental goals.



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AIR Network Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
AIR Network Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
Theatre for a Change Workshop, London
Theatre for a Change Workshop, London
Theatre for a Change Workshop, London
Theatre for a Change Workshop, London
AIR Network Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
AIR Network Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya 2019
AIR Network Forum Theatre Performance Nairobi, Kenya 2020
AIR Network Forum Theatre Performance Nairobi, Kenya 2020
Commedia dell'arte Workshop, Folkestone July 2018
Commedia dell’arte Workshop, Folkestone July 2018
Viewpoints Workshop, Addis Abba, Ethopia 2004
Viewpoints Workshop, Addis Abba, Ethopia 2004
Robben Island Shakespeare reading, Alvin Ailey Theatre New York City 2016
Robben Island Shakespeare reading, Alvin Ailey Theatre New York City 2016
Jethro Skinner in Peace Police by Adrian Page
Jethro Skinner in Peace Police by Adrian Page
Billy's Day Out [Tupumue]
Billy’s Day Out [Tupumue]
John Kani in Catastrophe 2020
John Kani in Catastrophe 2020
Jack Klaff & Anna Furse in Catastrophe 2020
Jack Klaff & Anna Furse in Catastrophe 2020
Ethical Leadership Workshop, Cape Town
Ethical Leadership Workshop, Cape Town
HRS at 'Mandela The Centenury' event, Southbank Centre 2018
HRS at ‘Mandela The Centenury’ event, Southbank Centre 2018
The Robben Island Shakespeare, Cape Town
The Robben Island Shakespeare, Cape Town
Ping for Peace Transnational Protest
Ping for Peace Transnational Protest
Sonny Venkatrathnam
Sonny Venkatrathnam
The Robben Island Shakespeare, Richmond Theatre
The Robben Island Shakespeare, Richmond Theatre
Invisible Cities by  Italo Calvino, Rapallo, Italy 2002
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, Rapallo, Italy 2002
The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by Thornton Wilder, LOST Theatre Company
The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by Thornton Wilder, LOST Theatre Company
The Robben Island Shakespeare Featuring John Kani and Atandwa Kani
The Robben Island Shakespeare Featuring John Kani and Atandwa Kani
Sonny Venkatrathnam, London 2012
Sonny Venkatrathnam, London 2012
The Clever People by Adrian Page featuring Lara Agar Stoby
The Clever People by Adrian Page featuring Lara Agar Stoby

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