Northeastern University Assistant Professor Matthew Gray has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Salem Theatre Company. Gray is a director, actor, and sound designer with a special interest in incorporating new media into the theatre. Born in Australia, he grew up in Canada, England, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He received his directing degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he directed more than 30 plays and taught for over eight years. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Academy of Music. In the USA he has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and New York University. He has acted in and directed productions in Canada, the UK and the United States.
The Salem Theatre Company was founded in 2002 to provide Boston’s North Shore with a high-quality, semi-professional theater. They produce five main productions as well as a Second Stage series for developing playwrights. Gray’s first production will be an original adaptation of the Salem witch trials using primary historical sources from the 1690′s trials in New England. For Northeastern, he is directing the play columbinus next February.