Derek Matson

Derek Matson is a dramaturg and translator of theater and opera.  He holds a lectureship in Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.  His dramaturgical work has included productions, readings, and development workshops for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Metropolitan Opera, Lookingglass Theatre, the House Theatre of Chicago, the Hypocrites, American Theater Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Vanguard, DePaul University, and Northwestern University.  Derek is a regular post-show discussion leader at Steppenwolf, and he’s a pre-performance lecturer with Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He’s the language coach of French, Spanish, and Russian for the Ryan Opera Center, and French coach for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  His translations of French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, and Catalan have been featured on ARTE in France and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wolf Trap Opera, the Montreux Comedy Festival, the Eastman School of Music, and Cornell University, where he earned his M.A. in Theater and Performance Studies.  Derek is a former recipient of a Fulbright Assistantship to France and a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to Russia.


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