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Matthew Glassman

I act, write, direct and most of all create as a member of the Double Edge Ensemble at our Farm in rural Ashfield, MA

I am Co-Artistic Director of Double Edge Theatre, having joined the theatre in 2000. I am a creator, actor, writer, teacher, director--most recently co-writing and directing Double Edge's 2019 & 2020 Summer Spectacle, I am the Baron, based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen and acting on tour around the US and overseas in Leonora & Alejandro based on the visionary surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington. In 2014, I started  the Art & Survival Biennial which brings artists, activists, and thinkers together for a two-day gathering and I continue to co-lead it to this day. I also see myself as a co-organizer in our field of theatre, arts, and culture. I am a member Arts Culture & Commoning Working Group. I proudly serve on Board of Directors for Art of the Rural, on the HowlRound Advisory Council, and repeatedly as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. I was nominated for the Doris Duke Impact Award, the US Artists Award and was a finalist for the Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. I live and work in rural Ashfield. 

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The Promise of the Commons
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The Promise of the Commons

10 October 2019

In honor of World Commons Week 2019, a working group of eleven US-based arts and cultural makers share their vision on how adopting a commons-based approach can help transform the arts into a more equitable and just field.

Creating Cultures
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Creating Cultures

Double Edge on University Campuses

29 October 2014

What we really needed—and received—was a place to develop an unfinished work in a professional touring locale with Chicago audiences, and to prototype a student chorus that would be trained to perform in the work. Simultaneously Columbia College had the Double Edge ensemble embedded in its department for nearly a month. Acting students had daily access to training. Directors, playwrights, and actors could observe rehearsal and process regularly.

Friday Phone Call # 52
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Friday Phone Call # 52

Matthew Glassman & Amrita Ramanan of Double Edge Theatre

14 March 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Matthew Glassman and Amrita Ramanan of Double Edge Theatre, located in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

Growing a Living Culture
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Growing a Living Culture

17 October 2012