Dakin Matthews biography
At Writers Theatre: Spite for Spite
Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, stage director, teacher and Shakespeare scholar. He manages the Antaeus Company, a classical theatre ensemble, in Los Angeles and is the past Artistic Director of both the California Actors Theatre and the California Shakespeare Festival. He is an Emeritus Professor of English from Cal State Hayward and a former Juliard Drama teacher. He has acted in over 150 plays and thirty feature films and made over a hundred appearances on television. He has published three verse translations of Golden Age Spanish plays and a handbook on Shakespearean verse speaking. In 2000, he has starred in the world premiere of his own verse translation of The Liar by Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, appeared in the Kevin Costner film Thirteen Days, guest starred on television as a Judge on Family Law, directed Shakespeare's Henry V at the Old Globe in San Diego, and co-produced the first American revival of Arthur Miller's earliest Broadway play, The Man Who Had All the Luck.
[Bio as of October 2000]