David Matheson

David Matheson


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


David Matheson began his training with a BA in Theatre from Acadia University and later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in England. He holds an MFA in directing from York University and is Professor of Acting at Sheridan/UTM.

David spent the early part of his career as an actor in the Maritimes, where work included roles with the Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Atlantic Theatre Festival, the Chester Playhouse as well as with numerous independent theatre companies. In 1999 he founded Exodus Theatre in Nova Scotia which produced eight shows under his tenure as Artistic Director including Julius Caesar, Tales Rare and Grim, Rae and Luke, Jeanine, Homage, Richard II, Rex, and The Duchess of Malfi.

David is presently the Artistic Director of Wordsmyth Theatre for which he has directed Julius Caesar, The Seagull and The Brothers Karamazov. Under his tenure the company has garnered 6 Dora Mavor Moore Nominations.

Other directing work includes: Bluebeard -Toronto Fringe Festival 2009 (awarded Patron's Pick) and Melissa James Gibson's play [sic] in 2010 (awarded Best of the Fringe), A Streetcar Named Desire for Upper Canada Repertory Company and Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Richard II, Offending the Audience, The Gertrude Stein Project, and The Seagull for Theatre@York. David’s recent production of Macbeth at Theatre Erindale set a new box office record for the company.

David's most recent acting work includes The Dumb Waiter (Wordsmyth) and Disciples (Toronto Fringe). Film and television work includes Cold Blood, Breakout, Black Harbour, Lexx:The Dark Zone, Terra X, and The Prince and the Grail. Recently David can be seen in The Dirties, winner of The Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance.

Education, Credentials

  • BA Acadia, MFA York.

Key memberships

  • CAEA

Teaching Interests

  • Acting for Camera
  • Scene Study
  • Shakespeare
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