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Matthew Glassman

Matthew Glassman is an actor, writer, and director. He is a member of the ensemble of Double Edge Theatre which he joined in 2000. He has co-created and performed in over twenty indoor performances and spectacles. In 2019, he co-directed with Jeremy Eaton, I am the Baron, based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. His original adaptation of Munchausen, co-written by Mitch Polin, was recently published by Chalk and Fire Publishing. Glassman makes not so obvious connections between the realms of theatre, nature and the environment -- and other sectors, such as social movements, local culture and politics. In this vein, he created the Art & Survival Biennia in 2014, which since has brought over a hundred artists, activists, and thinkers together for a two-days encounter and inquiry. Currently, he is researching a new artistic work with children. Glassman is also a Visiting Lecturer at Trinity College and an advisor for LISC and for the Community Foundation of Western Mass. He is also a member of the Arts, Culture & Commoning Working Group and serves on the Art of the Rural Board of Directors and the HowlRound Advisory Council. He has been published in TDR and Howlround, was awarded the Mary Lyons Spirit of Adventure Award for Education, and was nominated for the Doris Duke Impact Award, the US Artists Award and the Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. He lives and works in rural Ashfield, MA.

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Commonplaces
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Commonplaces

Notes on a Future That Has Already Happened

28 June 2021

Matthew Glassman shares his commonplace—a collection of quotes, poems, reflections, dreams, doodles, images, and more, and a portal to reach forward to our future selves and for our future selves to reach back to us.

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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