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About Matthew Hahn

Matthew Hahn is an independent creative producer, playwright, theatre director and theatre for development facilitator specialising in creating theatre for social change, for examining behaviour and for improving communication skills. He works with emerging and established theatre makers and finding new ways for audiences and communities to access art through partnerships. He works both nationally and internationally and has produced work in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa. 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 in South Africa based on his interviews with former South African political prisoners and selections from 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.' From 2008 to 20018, 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 in the United Kingdom and Malawi. 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.

A new £720k grant launched in Kenya & Liverpool as part of Newton Fund’s UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases

A new £720k grant launched in Kenya & Liverpool as part of Newton Fund’s UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases. As part of the project, I will be serving as a theatre for development specialist and delivering interactive theatre projects for it.  Launched at KEMRI in Nairobi last week and in Liverpool on 23 January [...]

Theatre for Development practitioner to contribute to the UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases

As part of the delivery, I have been asked to facilitate for this project to deliver a co-created field-based epidemiological study in two contrasting sites in Kenya - Mukuru and Buruburu - that will characterise the clinical characteristics and lung function of children aged 5-18 years.  This will be accomplished through the use of participatory [...]

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop in Folkestone

9 to 13 July 2018The Arts Council England has just invested in a week-long exploration workshop of Commedia dell'Arte that I am producing.  The facilitator will be Mitch Mitchelson whom I got to know as both of us taught at St. Mary’s University in London.The weeklong ‘Phase I Commedia dell'Arte’ workshop will culminate with a private performance [...]

‘Send Them All Back’, Rehearsed Reading at the Museum of Comedy, Leicester Square Theatre on 6 July at 2.30pm

My new play,  co-written with Peter Norgate, Send Them All Back is having its first public rehearsed reading in London at the Museum of Comedy, Leicester Square Theatre on 6 July at 2.30pm.  Free tickets can be reserved in advance by following this link: RSVP The Story:  Britain isn’t working and something has to be [...]

The Robben Island Shakespeare Reading at the Southbank Centre 11 August 2018, 7.30pm

As part of the Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London, The Robben Island Shakespeare will be performed on 11 August at 7.30pm.  This reading and the wider event marks the 2018 centenary of iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s birth in this exhibition about his life, career, and commitment to equality [...]

The Ethical Leadership Workshop Conference Paper based on The Robben Island Shakespeare play @ the Applying Shakespeare Symposium, The Shakespeare Institute

I was invited to present at the Applying Shakespeare Symposium at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.  My presentation examined and detailed my work in 'Ethical Leadership' using the play, The Robben Island Shakespeare. Through the words of William Shakespeare & former South African political prisoners, the aim of the workshop is to inspire the participants to create [...]

Interdisciplinary research network to tackle air pollution in Murukku, Nairobi, Kenya.

Comic produced for project by Louis Netter (University of Portsmouth). The Stockholm Environment Institute is leading a new partnership bringing together African and European researchers, practitioners and community members interested in air pollution in low-resource settings in sub-Saharan Africa. The AIR (Action for Interdisciplinary Air Pollution Research) Network has been awarded £169,000 by the Medical [...]

Play Launch at South African House 28 March 2017

During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The book's significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking [...]

Ubuntu: sharing South Africa [Friday 20 January 2017,18.00 Clore Centre for Education Free, booking required]

Ubuntu’ is a phrase widely used in southern Africa, meaning the ‘universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’.Come and celebrate the enduring soul of South Africa, and the shared connections its history inspires, through an evening of music, performance and workshops. Grab a drink at the bar, enjoy themed food, and discover more about [...]

British Museum’s South Africa: the art of a nation Special event Memories of Mandela [Friday 13 January 2017, 18.30–20.00 BP Lecture Theatre]

Staged in the auditorium officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 2000, this discussion celebrates and explores the life, character and enduring legacy of the South African leader on his nation and the world. A panel of speakers whose lives and careers wereinfluenced by the leader includes John Battersby, co-author of Mandela: A Life in Photographs [...]