Matthew Wild is one of the most versatile and prolific South African theatre directors of his generation, equally at home staging operas, musicals, new plays and classic texts. A two-time Fleur du Cap Award winner, and one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2012, Matthew’s productions have been seen on stages throughout his homeland, as well as in Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Australia. Since 2015, he has been the Artistic Director of Cape Town Opera.
Matthew made his opera directing debut in Sweden in 2009, with Boesmans’ Julie for NorrlandsOperan and Malmö Opera. In the years since, he has created acclaimed productions of Il viaggio a Reims, Suor Angelica, The Rake’s Progress, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Medium and Salome in South Africa. He returned to Stockholm in 2013 to direct the premiere of Philip Miller’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and made his German debut with Katya Kabanova for the Hessisches Staatsteater Wiesbaden in January 2016.
His work in spoken theatre stretches back to his professional debut in 2000, with the self-penned drama More, created while he was still completing his studies in Drama and English at the University of Cape Town. Notable productions of contemporary scripts include Brent Palmer’s Witnesses, John van der Ruit’s Crooked, Pieter Jacobs’ Dalliances, Brett Goldin’s Bad Apple, Nhlanhla Mavundla’s A Man and a Dog and Nicholas Spagnoletti’s Special Thanks to Guests from Afar. He made his Shakespearean debut with The Comedy of Errors at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in 2012, a production which earned him a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Director.
More recently, he has won widespread acclaim for a series of musicals for the Fugard Theatre. His multi-award winning production of The Rocky Horror Show opened in 2013, and closed 19 months later after 444 performances. His staging of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret opened at the same theatre in early 2015, followed by a major new revival of West Side Story in Cape Town and Johannesburg.