Joseph Matyas

Movement Specialist, Teaching Artist, Actor.


Joseph Matyas is Certified Teacher of the Williamson Technique, a physical training technique for actors, and a graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre Arts.  Currently, as a movement instructor with the Gately Poole Conservatory, Joseph is teaching a multi-level year-long Williamson progression and providing in-class physical coaching alongside master acting teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole. As a teaching artist, Joseph has taught specialty workshops for the Elmhurst Children’s Theater, designed and implemented a premiere theatre education program for the Arlington Heights Park District and co-authored the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater’s teaching-artist curriculum. Recently, Joseph has worked as a movement coach for Northern Illinois University’s productions of “A Lie of the Mind”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Good Person of Szechwan”, specifically guiding BFA and MFA candidates in portraying impediments such as drunk, injury and old age.   Joseph has received his certification as an “actor/combatant” with the SAFD in all eight disciplines, including recommended passes in Single Sword and Broadsword & Shield. As an actor, Joseph has performed with First Folio, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, Arden Theatre Co, New Paradise Laboratories, Luna Theatre Co,  Stage 773, PlayPenn Festival, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Plays & Players, Interact Theatre Co and the Sabanci International Theatre Festival in Adana, Turkey.

Movement Specialties:

Alignment/Release Work

Physical Characterization

Stage Combat

Williamson Technique

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