Matthew Armstead works at the intersections of art, spirituality, and social change in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Matthew serves as a core trainer with Training for Change, and roots his approach in their Direct Education pedagogy - which challenges traditional education, confronting the beliefs, conflicts, and oppression that keep leaders and groups from being their most powerful. He has organized for environmental justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation, and is currently working with masculine-identified people to be better listeners and actions partners.
As a facilitator, he has worked with diverse groups of people from Black Lives Matters activists to B Lab executives, and led sessions on a variety of topics such as campaign strategy, racial justice integration, organizing skills, nonviolent direct action, spiritual organizing, experiential education, and organizational development.
Matthew interweaves his background as a community organizer, activist trainer, and physical theatre performer/creator to create opportunities for people to experience what they dream to be possible. His artistic work focuses on ensemble-devised performance that engages audiences as active participants. He completed an M.F.A. with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and has a B.A. in Theater and Women's Studies from Swarthmore College.
View Matthew's resume here.