Matt Saltzberg

Secretary, Association for Theatre Movement Educators / MFA in Directing candidate

Western Illinois University

Independent Actors Theatre

902 N. Charles St. Apt. 143
Macomb, IL 61455

(914) 805-2472



Matt Saltzberg holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Missouri; an M.A. in Theatre Performance from Long Island University; and a B.A. Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University. He has taught at St. Lawrence University, the University of Missouri, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As a practitioner, professor, and scholar, Saltzberg’s primary foci are acting (Stanislavski, Suzuki/Viewpoints, and Composition) and directing, as well as physical theatre, avant-garde/experimental theatre, and performance theory. His work focuses on physical methods of performance training and performance making, empathy, performance and neuroscience, and the integration of theory and practice. His scholarship has been featured in Ecumenica, Theatre Research International, Journal of Religion and Theatre, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Liminalities; he is currently working on an essay for the ATME-initiated Physical Dramaturgy collection under consideration at Routledge. A member of SDC, directing credits include Iphigenia and Other Daughters (which was selected to perform at the Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and for which Saltzberg receive a KCACTF Meritorious Award for Outstanding Choreography); Time Stands Still; The Glass Menagerie; Agnes of God; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?; Sleuth; and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Saltzberg has taken part in LaMaMa ETC’s International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy; Grotowski Movement Training with Stephen Wangh; and Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher Training with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA); and has completed residencies at SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, and Stephens College. Saltzberg has served as Secretary of the Association for Theatre Movement Educators since 2012 and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Independent Actors Theatre. Saltzberg is currently an MFA in Directing candidate at Western Illinois University.

Movement Specialties:


Devised Theatre

Movement for the Actor

Musical Theatre

Performance Art

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre

Solo Performance



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