The Hub Theatre Welcomes Matt Bassett as Associate Artistic Director
The Hub has announced Matt Bassett as their new Associate Artistic Director. Matt joined The Hub Theatre as a company member after appearing in 2011's The Clockmaker and has since served as Casting Associate for The Hub, directed 2014's Failure: A Love Story, assistant-directed 2012's Big Love (2013 Helen Hayes nomination - Outstanding Direction for Kirsten Kelly) and directed many table and staged readings for new play development for The Hub.
"The Hub Theatre has been one of my artistic homes ever since I arrived in DC - one of my first gigs booked here, in fact. I've seen some of the area's most exciting work happen at the Hub, and I am honored to play a part in continuing the trend and cultivating its future.", says Bassett.
His local onstage appearances include Ford's Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, The Bay Theatre, Lean & Hungry Theater, Washington Stage Guild and The Kennedy Center's Theatre for Young Audiences on Tour as well as in staged readings and short films. Regional theatre appearances include Clarence Brown Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Children's Theatre, People's Branch Theatre and Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Matt's DMV directing work includes Arts on the Horizon (with whom he's created two original pieces for the very young with his wife, Tia Shearer), Montgomery College, Montgomery College's Summer Dinner Theatre, Compass Rose Theater, Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre and Imagination Stage's Education Department.
He serves as Theatre Chair for Metropolitan School of the Arts and on the faculties of Montgomery College, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Imagination Stage. Matt is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and is currently serving as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards. Matt holds a BA in English from Tennessee Tech University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his wife, son and cat.
"Matt has an exceptional eye for great plays and artists and he has become a very trusted collaborator. He is the first person I go to when I need a fresh set of eyes", Artistic Director, Helen Pafumi, says. "In addition to being professional, organized, and thoughtful, he is big-hearted and generous both in life and in the creative process. Working with him has always been wonderful, and I am thrilled to be able to expand his scope here at The Hub."