Matt Hassall

Assistant Director

Matt is a theatre director and practitioner who is originally from Manchester and now based in London.

Credits as Director: The Ballad of Rudy (Cornerstone Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Canada Water Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Let The Right One In, Ghost/Light, Earthquakes in London (LAMDA); Trixie (Old Vic Theatre); Piano Play (The Other Palace/Wee Coo/Tour); What Was Left (Southwark Playhouse); The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Ceremony, Mixtape, The Factory and We Were Told There Was Dancing (Royal Exchange Theatre, and the latter nominated at Production of the Year in the Manchester Evening News Awards); Belonging (Hope Mill Theatre); I Forget Your Name (Take Back Theatre); The Burnley Buggers Ball (Inkbrew Productions, touring); The Little Things (Bolton Octagon Theatre, touring); Don’t Tell The Kids (Contact Theatre); In My Bed (24:7 Theatre Festival and nominated as Best Production in the Manchester Theatre Awards).


As Associate Director: Blowhole (Soho Theatre); Queens of the Coal Age (Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic Theatre); Nothing and Brink (Royal Exchange Theatre).

As Assistant Director: Shadowlands (Chichester Festival Theatre); All I Want is One Night (Royal Exchange Theatre).


Aside from making work, he is a Trustee of Told By An Idiot, a Mentor Director for National Theatre Connections, was a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre and the Young Company Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 2014 - 2018, seeing the company win School of the Year at The Stage Awards in 2018. He has also worked with LAMDA and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre. He is the co-founder of Antidote; an artist collective who explore the nature of creativity for positive well-being.