Matt has been a director, actor and fight choreographer for the past twelve years.  Directing credits include: The Fantasticks (remount at South Coast Rep, originally directed by Amanda Dehnert), CYRANO, Hatfield & McCoy (The House Theatre of Chicago), Cabaret, 365 Days/365 Plays (The Hypocrites); Big Love, Red Noses, Red Noses Remounted (Strawdog);  After (Profiles); On My Parents’ 100th Wedding Anniversary (Side Project); Alice, Fear (Neo-Futurists); Bad Feeling (American Theater Company- Silver Project); Selah Songs (Redmoon); Humbaba, Lysistrata, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, All That Shines, Lady M (The University of Iowa); Macbeth (North Central College). 


Movement/Fight Choreography credits include: Julius Caesar, Cadre, Taming of the Shrew,Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Edward II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare); Hamlet, Othello (Chicago Public Schools at Chicago Shakespeare); Peter Pan, Trust, Fedra, Black Diamond, Brothers Karamazov, Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, North China Lover (Lookingglass); The Caretaker, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Do the Hustle, Hesperia (Writers’ Theatre); The Wheel, Belleville, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Birthday Party, The March, Detroit, Middletown, A Man in Love, Separate Peace, (Steppenwolf); A View From A Bridge, True West, Grease (American Theatre Company); Wait Until Dark, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre); Dangerous Beauty, Not Wanted on the Voyage (American Music Theater Project); True West, Desire Under The Elms, ThreePenny Opera, Hairy Ape, Oedipus, Frankenstein (The Hypocrites); Peter Pan, Cave With Man, Wizard of Oz, Curse of the Crying Heart, Valentine Victorious (The House); Three Musketeers (Lifeline); Motortown, The Hollow Lands (Steep); Macbeth (CityLit); Ballad of the Sad Café (Signal Ensemble); Peter Pan (Northwestern University); Pirates of Penzance, As You Like It, Twelfth Night (Loyola University).


Acting credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers’ Theatre-the role of Stanley, director David Cromer); The Elephant Deal at Steppenwolf  (500 Clown); The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Henry IV Parts I and II at the Royal Shakespeare Company in England (Chicago Shakespeare Tour); Hunchback (Redmoon). He has also worked with The Kennedy Center, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Old Town School of Folk Music.  


He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Loyola and Northwesten University.  He has also been on faculty at the Conservatory at Act One Studios, has taught at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, the University of Iowa and was the Guest Artist in Residency for the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University.  


He is a Founding Member of The House Theatre of Chicago, an Artistic Associate and Resident Director with Strawdog Theatre, an Artistic Associate with 500 Clown, the recipient of five Jeff Awards, including two for Best Fight Choreography, one for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Production. He was named one of the top five “Most Prolific Artists Of The Decade” by Time Out Chicago and his production of Red Noses at Strawdog Theatre was named one of the Top Ten Shows of 2009 by Time Out Chicago. While completing his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University, he was the recipient of the Greer Garson Award, the Bob Hope Scholarship and the Dallas Critics’ Forum Award for Best Actor.  He also holds an M.F.A. in directing from The University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Directing Fellow and the recipient of the IRAM Award for outstanding contribution to Iowa’s New Play Festival. This upcoming year, Hawkins will choreograph violence for 7 Guitars (Court Theatre), Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare) Tale of Two Cities (Lifeline Theatre). He will also direct The Suicide (Roosevelt University) and The Tennessee Williams Project (The Hypocrites) as well as performing in Next Theatre’s production of The Great God Pan, directed by Kimberly Senior.