Meet Jim Matthews

Jim Matthews is enjoying his fifth season working with The Rustic Mechanicals.

This season, he will be seen as Clarence in Richard III and both the Ghost and the Player King in Hamlet.  In previous Mechanicals productions, he has appeared as Prospero in The Tempest, as Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, as King Duncan and the Porter in Macbeth, as Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, and as Gloucester in King Lear.

He earned his Ph.D in British Literature from Duquesne University and has been teaching English, including Shakespeare, for 26 years, the last 15 of them at Fairmont State University, where he is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center.

Although he is not a native West Virginian, he has embraced theater in his adopted state, appearing in numerous FSU productions, including Spring Awakening, Remembering #9, 1776, The Elephant Man, and Our Town, among others.

His scholarly work focuses on fairy tales and supernatural elements in such British writers as Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde. 







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