Matthew Dunster is an Olivier award-nominated director, a playwright and actor.

He was born and raised in Oldham, with his Dad working as a draftsman at a small local truck firm, and his Mum working as a clerk for various catalogue and wholesale grocery companies. After graduating Bretton Hall College, he moved to London in 1995 to work as a director, playwright, actor and drama teacher.

He was recently the Associate Director of Shakespeare's Globe, and prior to that, Associate Director at the Young Vic Theatre.

His directing credits include: The Secret Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen, The Frontline, Troilus and Cressida, Dr Faustus and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare's Globe), Love the Sinner (NT), Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre, Wyndham's Theatre (West End) & Atlantic Theatre (NYC), Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida Theatre), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith).