Musical Theatre Mentor
Matthew Howe graduated with Honors from the University of Victoria in 1985. Through 1997, he taught extensively in high school theatre and music programs, directed and choreographed for a variety of theatre companies, served on church worship teams and performed professionally in the Victoria region.
In 1994, Mr. Howe was Choral Director of the 1200 member ensemble for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies. Following additional training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York, Mr. Howe became Resident Director/Choreographer and Master Teacher at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2005/6 he was named Twin Cities Director of the Year. He returned to Victoria to join the staff of The Canadian College of Performing Arts in August 2007. In addition to continuing to teach at CCPA, he is in his seventh year as Performing Arts Director at Pacific Christian Secondary School. Locally, Matthew has worked with The Linden Singers, The Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Belfry Theatre, The Victoria Operatic Society (The Will Rogers Follies, The Wizard of Oz, and Les Miserables), Gotta Getta Gimmick, and The Oak Bay Beach Hotel (It’s Christmas!). In addition to his local projects, Matthew continues to work as a freelance director and educator locally and internationally.