Dakin Matthews is familiar to audiences the world over.  He’s an actor, playwright, dramaturge, teacher, director, translator, emeritus English professor, and Shakespeare scholar.

He’s been a leading actor in over 250 professional plays—eight on Broadway, including recently Waitress and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Dakin is a member of both the Motion Picture and the Television Academies and has appeared in over 30 feature films, including: True Grit, Bridge of Spies, and Lincoln; and over three hundred television episodes, including shows such as: The Gilded Age, The King of Queens, Desperate Housewives, The Office, and Gilmore Girls.

He’s been the Artistic Director of four professional theatre companies. His multiple award-winning scripts – adaptations, translations, and originals – have been performed across the country. Dakin won a Drama Desk Award for his Broadway adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. His eleven rhyming verse translations of Golden Age comedies are currently being published by LinguaText.

He’s taught and directed across the U.S., and has dramaturged Shakespeare for the country’s leading directors. Dakin’s also given workshops in Shakespearean verse-speaking across the country and around the world, based on his handbook Shakespeare Spoken Here.

Dakin was a Founding Member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company and of Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project and The Antaeus Theatre Company.