Matthew Thomas Walker

Matthew is a Halifax born, Toronto based writer, director and theatre educator.  Most notably, Matthew is Co-Artistic Director of Litmus Theatre, which has made an impact on Toronto's thriving independent theatre scene through staging imaginative adaptations of classic works in non-traditional venues. For Litmus, Matthew first wrote and directed Matchbox Macbeth (Top 10 plays of 2010, NOW Magazine), an eerie yet magical hour-long adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy performed by 4 actors in a hidden backyard shed.  Next he directed and co-wrote Birth of Frankenstein (Dora Award for Best Direction, Dora Nomination for Best Script) with company co-founders Claire Wynveen and Adriano Sobretodo Jr. The original script fused Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking gothic novel with the dramatic personal circumstances that inspired her to write it.  Most recently for Litmus, Matthew adapted and directed a stage version of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (7 MyTheatre Award Nominations). The show transformed the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace into a future as imagined by one of the twentieth century’s leading visionaries. Matthew has taught workshops and sat on panels for many theatre companies and schools throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. In 2013 he was recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for Promising Emerging Director. He is a graduate of York’s MFA in Theatre and of Dalhousie’s Acting Program. 



Award Category Year Play
Ken MacDougall Award for Promising Emerging Director 2015
Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding Direction for Birth of Frankenstein 2014