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Matt Crosby
Film | Performance | Theatre   (VIC)

After an extensive childhood career in radio, TV, film and theatre, Crosby graduated from NIDA in 1981. For the last 20 years, he has toured live performance to Europe, Asia and most frequently to Japan. Crosby has studied theatre in Japan; in 1991 he was a member of the SCOT/Playbox collaborators that trained with Tadashi Suzuki and then toured his Chronicles of Macbeth in Australia and Japan. He received a Japan Foundation Fellowship in 1995 to further this study with Tadashi Suzuki and broaden his exposure to other forms of contemporary Japanese theatre. During which time he met director of Tokyo tent theatre company Shinjuku Ryozanpaku. In 2000, as an Asialink resident, he performed with them, and since, has toured with Shinjuku Ryozanpaku many times. Taking up his second Asialink residency, in 2011 Crosby toured O T'ae Suk's play Toraji with Shinjuku Ryozanpaku in Korea and in 2013, supported by the PlayKing Foundation, he performed Friar Lawrence in their Romeo and Juliet.

Many directors and projects have influenced Crosby’s career; Barry Kosky, Faust at MTC, Lech Mackiewicz, Lear at Playbox touring Australia and throughout Asia, Renato Cuaccolo, Adelaide Festival production of Blue Hour, Michael Kantor production of Meat Party for Melbourne Festival, Ong Keng Seng, Singapore, Brisbane Melbourne festivals. He has performed in six of Suzanne Chaundy's productions, including the acclaimed season of The Maids, 2011 at La Mama in Melbourne. Crosby continues his collaboration with Japanese butoh/cabaret performer Yumi Umiumare in Australia and Japan. Their sold-out season of  DasShoku Shake at fortyfivedownstairs won Fringe Festival and Green Room awards.

Currently Crosby is co-producing a co-production with Shinjuku Ryozanpaku and Australia's Auto Da Fe theatre of Lech Mackiewicz's play, Everyman and The Pole Dancers, to premiere at Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic's Institute in October 2014.

  Photos: Matt Crosby performing in The Maids by Jean Genet directed by Suzanne Chaundy, image Joe Calleri; Mat Crosby performing in Sandakan Threnody by Jonathan Mills and Ong Keng Seng, directed by Ong Keng Seng, image unknown.
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/crosbeee/
Email: mcrozza@iinet.net.au
Link: Shinjuku Ryozanpaku Theatre Company
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