Meet Jim Matthews

RM Jim MatthewsJim Matthews is enjoying his fourth season working with The Rustic Mechanicals.

This season, he will be seen as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet and the Earl of Gloucester in King LearIn previous Mechanicals productions, he has appeared as Prospero in Toil and Trouble, as Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, and as King Duncan and the Porter in Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice

He earned his Ph.D in British Literature from Duquesne University and has been teaching English, including Shakespeare, for 25 years, the last 14 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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