Born and raised in Perth Western Australia, Matthew Marshall is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Production & Design course in 2000.
With 20 years of experience Matt has worked for most of the major performing arts companies and festivals in Australia including multiple shows for Adelaide Festival, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, City of Sydney, Crown Casino Melbourne & Perth, Dark Mofo, Darwin Festival, Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Marrugeku, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Perth Festival, Pinchgut Opera, State Opera of South Australia, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Opera & WOMADelaide.
Matt's work has been seen on the international stage at Kampnagel Festival, Oper Leipzig & Festpiele Ludwigshafen in Germany. The Roundhouse Theatre & Southbank Centre in London. The Famous Spiegeltent & Magic Mirrors at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In Europe dances pieces LE DERNIER APPEL & GUDIRR GUDIRR (Marrugeku) at Le Manège & L’Espal -Scène Nationale in France, Concertgebouw Belgium, Teatro Central Seville, Spain & the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Matt has been nominated for his work twice by The Helpmann Awards for Best Lighting Design (2012, 2017) and has received multiple nominations for Best Lighting Design from the Australian Production Design Guild.
Recent designs include MARY STUART starring Kate Walsh (Perth Festival/Performing Lines), PLATINUM - BALLET AT THE QUARRY (West Australian Ballet), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (New Zealand Opera), JAMES GALEA'S BEST TRICK EVER (Sydney Opera House), CITY OF LIGHTS (Perth Festival), Tim Minchin's THE ABSENCE OF YOU music video, TWO CREWS (Sydney & Adelaide Festivals), CINDERELLA (Seattle Opera), TURN OF THE SCREW (New Zealand Opera), a new full length ballet TCHAIKOVSKY (Tulsa Ballet), LA BOHÉME the outdoor Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia), AMERICAN IDIOT Australian National Tour (Shake & Stir/QPAC), ATHALIA (Pinchgut Opera), ASKUNGEN (Royal Swedish Opera), THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Seattle Opera), CARMEN (Oper Leipzig), CLUB SWIZZLE (Roundhouse London), LA CENERENTOLA (Oper Leipzig, San Diego Opera). Matt’s dazzling design for VELVET (Organised Pandemonium) now sails the high seas on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel & Breakaway ships and has opened a second incarnation VELVET REWIRED in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at Adelaide Fringe 2020.
Design highlights include HOME - the opening event of Perth International Arts Festival 2016, THIS IS OUR YOUTH starring film star’s Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Emily Barclay (Sydney Opera House Presents), John Adams and Peter Sellars opera A FLOWERING TREE (Perth International Arts Festival), BAND OF MAGICIANS (Tropicana Casino Las Vegas) and BILLY ELLIOT opening the new ASB Waterfront Theatre (Auckland Theatre Company).
Event lighting designs include BEAT BOX a light show installation at Dream World on the Gold Coast (Dreamworld/JB Worldwide Events) with Vivid Sydney creative director Ignatious Jones, THE DOMAIN (Sydney Festival 2015) including Triple J’s 40th Birthday BEAT THE DRUM celebration, ART & ABOUT (City of Sydney) transforming Martin Place in Sydney into a 1/4 acre block party, 130 YEARS OF BVLGARI (Rizer Events) a showcase of $38M worth of jewellery in private residence “Carthona” at Darling Point as well as numerous product launches, gala dinners, awards nights and VIP functions.
Matt’s opera production of CINDERELLA (Opera Queensland) with long time collaborator Lindy Hume has played around the world including Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA. It performs in repertory at Oper Leipzig and the Royal Swedish Opera.
Matt is also a mentor to Lighting Design students at both of Australia’s premier arts training institutions - NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in Sydney and WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) in Perth, and recently has worked with students at SPAA (Sharjah Performing Arts Academy) in the United Arab Emirates. Matt has also been a judge for the Australian Production & Design Guild Awards from 2017 - 2022.
Upcoming designs include a celestial rave NIGHT MASS: TRANSCENDENCE (Dark Mofo), Franz Schubert's song cycle with English Superstar tenor Allan Clayton A WINTERS JOURNEY (Musica Viva), a new ballet by Natalie Weir GOLDBERG VARIATIONS (West Australian Ballet) and a new staging of MACBETH (New Zealand Opera) Directed, Set/Costume/Video Designed by Netia Jones.