Matt Ryan began his career in the theatre as an actor; working in Londons’ West End, at the Royal National Theatre, and in television, radio, film and cabaret. He became Resident Director for Cameron Mackintosh’s original production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in London and subsequently staged productions of the show in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK National Tour. He assisted Gale Edwards on her production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre and then became Associate Director of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This gave him the opportunity to direct the shows Australian Premier at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney as well as the original British touring production. During this time he also staged the Gala which celebrated the shows record breaking ten year run and directed the Schoenberg and Boublil section of Hey Mr Producer! at the Lyceum Theatre. Matt has directed both classic and contemporary musicals including productions of; Sweeney Todd, Company, Cabaret, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Sweet Charity,
Carousel, Oklahoma!, Songs for a New World, Nine, Grand Hotel, Merrily We Roll Along, The Wiremen and the UK Premieres of Jane Eyre, A Man of no Importance, Bernarda Alba and Is There Life After High School? which won Time Out Critics Choice. He has also directed two one-man shows; Philip Quast ‘Divas at The Donmar’ and Al Pillay – Glitter and Twisted which also had a successful workshop production in New York.