Matthew Xia was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018. Matthew is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK. He is a former Associate Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.
Some of Matthew’s acclaimed productions include: at the Royal Exchange, Manchester Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court), and Into The Woods; Blue/Orange and Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic; and Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse.
Other work of note includes: Scrapper and Migration Music at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff; and NitroBeat’s Suckerpunch Boomsuite at the Barbican.
Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future and of Cardboard Citizens and has served on the boards of Rich Mix, Creative Futures and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has been a judge for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (2017) and the Alfred Fagon Award (2017 and 2018).