Matteo Scammell | The Orchard Project

Matteo Scammell

Professional Residency

Years: 2019

MATTEO SCAMMELL is a performing artist who received his BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts in 2011. Since then, Matteo has performed in over 30 plays. His work has been seen at many of the premier companies in Philadelphia, including The Arden Theater, Philadelphia Theater Co, Pig Iron Theater Co, Theatre Exile, EgoPo, 11th Hour, Simpatico Theater. He is a two-time Barrymore Award nominee and in 2017 he received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as an Elvis impersonator turned drag
queen in The Legend of Georgia McBride. For 7 years Matteo was a company member of Obie Award winning experimental theater company New Paradise Laboratories. In that time he performed in and devised 4 original works. He was also a creator-performer in George & Co.'s "Holden" which ran Off-Off Broadway at the New Ohio (NYC) twice. In 2016 he was asked to become a company member of The Wilma HotHouse. An ensemble theater company in Philadelphia based in Eastern European and counter cultural approaches to theater-making. Appearing in such productions as Our Class, Blood Wedding (dir. Csaba Horvath), Romeo & Juliet, Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man (*World Premiere dir. Dominique Serrand) and There (*World Premiere; in collaboration with Rosa Barba).
As a musician, Matteo was integral to the growth and emergence of Red 40 & The Last Groovement and propelled the theater-rock/clown-funk band into a musical staple of Philadelphia cabaret culture. Red 40 performed monthly as the in-house/in-residence act at FringeArts from 2015-
Matteo is also a teaching artist.
He is the recipient of the 2020 Independence Foundation Fellowship and in 2016, was officially named “Hipster Hunk of Philadelphia” by Philly Magazine.
He’s still not sure if he should be proud of that or not...