Matthew has been a member of Shopfront Theatre for 7 years, where his career in dance and theatre commenced. He performed in major projects and created pieces for the Raw Film Project. In 2013 Matthew received an Amplify Your Art grant from Arts NSW to create the dance film “Dance is Friendship”, launched at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. That year, Matthew was also invited by DirtyFeet to take part in Kirsty Fromhotz’s Choreographic Lab and The Right Foot creative development with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo. He was also invited to take part in Force Majeure masterclasses with Byron Perry at Carriageworks. Matthew has performed regularly with the Verve Ensemble under the direction of Sarah-Vyne Vassallo through Bankstown Arts Centre.
In October 2015 Matthew was successful in obtaining a position in the Catalyst Dance Residency through Accessible Arts. This residency has enabled Matthew to participate in a professional development program 2015-2016. Over this time he will work with Choreographer Kay Armstrong (Kworks) and Marc Brew (Marc Brew Company) and particpate in Masterclasses with Ghenoa Gela (Torres Strait Islander Artist), Danielle Micich (Force Majeure), Tess de Quincey (Body Weather) and Margot Politis (Theatre). Matthew has commenced a mentorship with Paige Gordan the Director of Tracksuit as part of the program.
Matthew is an emerging artist with Murmuration and takes part in the Murmur Workshops and Events 2015/2016.
Image credits; 1 & 2. Dance is Friendship, Matthew Massaria, Shopfront Theatre for Young People, 5. Chanel Leaudais Choreographic Lab, DirtyFeet, Pia Moore, 6 & 7. ‘In transit’ by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, presented by DirtyFeet. Photo by Hayley Rose.