Matara Hitchcock is an artist advocate, strategist, and creator passionate about producing work that engages the community and supports sustainable employment practices for actors. She’s a new transplant to North Carolina, moving here with an MA/MBA in Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her BA in Emerging Media & Communication (Performing Arts minor) from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she was a McDermott Scholar.
Matara was a founding member of the CU Playback Ensemble, with whom she was twice a resident artist (2019, 2022). She learned to devise with l'Atelier de Théâtre in Orléans, France, where she helped create the show “Trans-borders,” and recently did two immersive productions in Denver: "Information for Foreigners" and "A Dickens Experience." In Spring 2022, her play "A Book of Modern Prayer" debuted with the CU New Play Festival, where she was previously a committee member.
A firm believer in the competence and creativity of children, Matara has enjoyed employing a variety of pedagogies with students ranging from pre-K to senior adults. Among her favorite experiences were playback workshops with faculty the Just & Equitable Teaching (JET) microcredential at CU Boulder, pioneering the Maker Space with Steve & Kate’s Camp in Boulder, CO, and hosting the national Reacting to the Past conference for active-learning pedagogies in Summer 2022. She directed “Much Ado About Nothing” at Centennial Middle School, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Alvearium, and assistant-directed “Shakuntala” (CU Boulder) and “Silent Sky” (Burning Coal Theatre).
In the vein of traditional performance, Matara worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) for several years as an administrator and artist, and she spent the summer swinging for "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "The Book of Will,” and previously swung for "Charles III." She served as an administrative swing as well, with her activities ranging from running their school tour to developing emergency and front of house procedures for both of the theatre’s venues. She was the Tour Manager and founding performer of Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s school tour, playing Claudius, Polonius, Ghost, Gravedigger, and Osric in a four-person production of Hamlet. Other recent traditional credits include Beatrice (“Much Ado About Nothing”) Agnes (“She Kills Monsters”), Lady Katherine (“Falstaff in Love”), and Miss Havisham (“Great Expectations”).
A classical voice student of eight years, Matara held three solo recitals, was a student of Italian immersive “Si Parla, Si Canta” in Urbania, Italy and “Frost School of Music in Salzburg” in Salzburg, Austria, and directed the a cappella group “Lost N Found.”