Biography

Shimkus-Matt

Matt is honored to return to Seattle Shakespeare Company under the direction of George Mount, having last appeared in 2012’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” Regionally, Matt was most recently in “Watt?!?” at Village Theatre. Additionally, Matt has performed with Taproot Theatre, Harlequin Productions, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Wooden O, and Toy Boat Theatre. He can also be seen in the second season of the locally-produced web-series “JourneyQuest.” Matt holds a BFA in Theatre from Pacific Lutheran University and an MFA in Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Matt lives in Tacoma with his wife, the beautiful and talented Emilie Rommel Shimkus, and daughter, Robin.

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by George Mount

Shakespeare's vibrant comic celebration of romance will have you cheering when love eventually wins out.

Antony and Cleopatra

By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Langs

Performed at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

The Roman General and the Egyptian Queen. Their romance gave birth to an empire, but their fiery longing came at a price.

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Makaela Pollock

Performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region

Love has everyone unglued in Illyria

The Threepenny Opera

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
English Adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Stephanie Shine

Performed at the Intiman Playhouse

Mackie's back in town!

Hamlet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Langs

Performed at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center

Shakespeare's most complex and emotional drama

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Marcus Goodwin

Performed at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center

Laughs, love, and a funny bit with a dog.

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Langs

Performed at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center

A thrilling comedy of vengeance, cunning, and passion

Twelfth Night (WO 2012)Director George Mount talks with Matt Shimkus (Benedick) and Jennifer Lee Taylor (Beatrice) in rehearsal for "Much Ado About Nothing."The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.Jim Gall as Don Pedro, Matt Shimkus as Benedick, and Jay Myers as Claudio in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.Jennifer Lee Taylor as Beatrice and Matt Shimkus as Benedick with the cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.Matt Shimkus as Benedick in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.Jennifer Lee Taylor as Beatrice and Matt Shimkus as Benedick in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.Jennifer  Lee Taylor as Beatrice and Matt Shimkus as Benedick in Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by John Ulman.SSC_Much_Ado_2013-534