Matthew Wild

Matthew Wild is one of the most versatile and prolific South African theatre directors of hisgeneration, equally at home staging operas, musicals, new plays and classic texts. A two­time
Fleur du Cap Award winner, and one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for
2012, Matthew's productions have been seen on stages throughout his homeland, as well as in
Ireland, Sweden and Australia. In early 2015, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Cape
Town Opera.

Matthew made his opera directing debut in Sweden in 2009, with Boesmans’ Julie for
NorrlandsOperan and Malmö Opera. In the years since, he has created acclaimed productions of Il
viaggio a Reims, Suor Angelica, The Rake’s Progress, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni in
South Africa. He made his Shakespearean debut with The Comedy of Errors at the Maynardville
Open­Air Theatre in 2012, a production which earned him a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best

His work in contemporary drama stretches back to his professional debut in 2000, with the self-penned drama More, created while he was still completing his studies in Drama and English at theUniversity of Cape Town. Notable productions of contemporary scripts include Brent
Palmer's Witnesses, John van der Ruit's Crooked, Pieter Jacobs'Dalliances, Brett Goldin's Bad
Apple, Nhlanhla Mavundla's A Man and a Dog and Nicholas Spagnoletti's Special Thanks to
Guests from Afar.

Other recent projects include a revival of Adam Small's The Orange Earth for the Suidoosterfees,and the premiere of Philip Miller's Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Stockholm. His award-
winning production of The Rocky Horror Show opened at the Fugard Theatre in July 2013 andclosed 19 months later after 444 performances. Major new productions for 2015 include Kander
and Ebb’s Cabaret and Bernstein’s West Side Story.