Matt Hawkins

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Assistant Professor of the Practice

Head of Musical Theatre
M.F.A., University of Iowa
B.F.A., Southern Methodist University


Phone: (574) 631-9821


Areas of specialization: history of the American Broadway musical; modern performance styles and techniques (musical and non-musical); period movement and dance styles; psycho-physical acting in performance; physical and emotional risk and how it relates to clowning; direction and conceptualization of heightened theatrical stage productions (musical and non-musical); dramaturgical analysis of theatrical texts/plays; violence and stage combat in performance with a focus on tai-chi and the use of theatrical weaponry; designing innovative interdisciplinary work for the stage and the classroom; utilizing Shakespeare as a tool for community outreach and education.


Classes: Musical Theatre History, Musical Theatre Performance Techniques, Musical Theatre Movement/Dance Styles


Matt Hawkins is a Chicago-based director, actor, fight choreographer, and movement director.  He is a Founding Member of The House Theatre of Chicago and an Artistic Associate with Strawdog Theatre Company.  He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Festival, Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, American Players’ Theatre, Drury Lane, Marriott, Paramount, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Lookingglass, Court Theatre and Writers’ Theatre. He has also worked extensively with Chicago Shakespeare and their education department, by serving as the director and voice/movement director of the Chicago Public Schools program, which was the recipient of the Humanities Youth Program Award in 2014, awarded by The White House and First Lady Michelle Obama.  Most recently he has served on the musical theatre faculty at Northwestern University and has taught for Loyola University Chicago. He holds a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in directing from The University of Iowa.  He has been nominated for thirteen Jeff Awards and has received five. This upcoming year he will direct Spring Awakening (Notre Dame); Walk A Mile (Erasing The Distance); Hatfield & McCoy (The House); and choreograph violence for Macbeth, Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); Shakespeare In Love (Asolo Rep); Newsies (Marriott Theatre). He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as head of the musical theatre for the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.


Matt Hawkins Professional Bio 2017