Matt Schwader

Bio: Matt Schwader has lived and worked as an actor, voice over talent, director, teacher and acting coach in Chicago, IL since 1990. He recently taught acting at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - PARKSIDE (2014 - 2015), where he directed Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN and William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Currently, Matt is performing the role of Romeo, opposite his wife Hillary Clemens, in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's ROMEO & JULIET, directed by Charles Fee. This fall, he and Hillary will appear as Gatsby and Daisy in Indianna Repertory Theatre's production of THE GREAT GATSBY, directed by Peter Amster.  Some of his Chicago acting credits include John in a A Life in the Theatre & Fred in A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Neville in Season’s Greetings, Desmond in A Life (Northlight Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Court Theatre); As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Moliere Comedies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); the role of Juliet in Shakespeare’s R&J (co-production Apple Tree Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare); All Night Strut (Marriott Theatre); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Remy Bumppo Theatre); Jasiu in Polish Joke (Noble Fool Theatricals); and the writing 6 sketch comedy show, LIFE is Just DEATH Taking a Nap/DEATH is Just Life Taking a Nap, at The Second City Training Center. ​ He has also performed in productions with A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory, The Notre Dame & Utah Shakespeare Festivals and internationally, both at the Royal Shakespeare Co. in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK and with Shakespeare Link Canada and the Montes Namuli Dance Co. in Quelimane, Mozambique. Matt was a core acting company member with AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE in Spring Green, WI from 2007- 2014, where favorite roles included title roles in Hamlet and Henry V , Orlando in As You Like It, Raskolnikov in Crime & Punishment among many others. In the summer of 2014, Matt played Jack in American Players' production of The Importance of Being Earnest and earned rave reviews as Tristan Tzara in TRAVESTIES. Directing credits include Harold Pinter's The Lover, The Typographer's Dream (5th Floor Productions), and The Crowded Tub Collective's Romeo & Juliet (April 2013) as well as numerous productions in universities and other educational settings. Mr. Schwader has been the voice of numerous radio, TV, and internet ads and programs and will appear as Ted Powell in episode 112 of NBC's CHICAGO PD. He studied Etiene Decroux's Modern Mime under Jewel Walker, Traditional African Dance with the Montes Namuli Dance Company in Quelimane, Mozambique, Suzuki Theatre and Movement under Steve Tague, Shakespearean Voice & Text under Susan Sweeney and Improv at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Matt holds an MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of DE (2003) and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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  1. Mr. Schwader–

    I saw your Hamlet for the second time this past Tuesday. (Had to check again whether there was any merit to Teachout’s comments that the production was “prosy” and your performance not alert enough to the “rhythms of Shakespeare’s verse.”)

    My initial reaction to his critique was confirmed. It’s precisely your unaffected, “straight dialogue” with the audience that makes your performance so powerful–the best I’ve ever seen.

    Keep up your wonderful work at APT!

    Dennis Uhlig

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