Acting - Theatre Shows

Acting continues to be a primary discipline for me. I enjoy acting because I a must fully enter my body, feel my emotions and give them voice through language. To be onstage and responding to other actors is a richly rewarding practice of being truelly present in the moment. I also enjoy the auditioning process, imagining that each audition is a mini-performance. The whole business of theatre is a great exercise in letting go and accepting what you cannot control.



Biff Lowman

Death of A Salesman
Hapgood Theatre
(w/Elias Escobedo, Jack Stauffer
& Adrienne Krug )

“an achingly raw and brutally edgy production. . . Purdon is excellent, revealing the character’s own shortcomings in a nuanced performance.”

– Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times, October 10, 2008

“Purdon does a terrific job… it’s disheartening to watch as he tries to convey his anguish.”

– Judith Prieve - Oakland Tribune, October, 2008



The Real Thing
Bus Barn Stage

“The acting was superb. Matthew Purdon negotiates the intricate, machine-gun fire dialogue of the main character quite nicely.”

– Bruce Barton - Los Altos Town Crier, February 6, 2008

“Bus Barn Stage Company's current production of "The Real Thing," … manages to capture the show's essence, both intellectually and emotionally. This is due in large part to the work of actor Matthew Purdon. . . Purdon captures the character's thoughtless complacency, as well as its gradual unraveling. . . his skillful navigation that makes the text both comprehensible and meaningful to the audience.”

– Kevin Kirby, Palo Alto News, February 8, 2008



College of Marin
(guest artist)

“Purdon does a good job of making Iago seem sincere and well-meaning while hiding devious intentions. The scenes between him and Othello are the most compelling… they are so present, that other performances shrink in comparison”

– Olga Azar, Marinscope, April 2007


Trojan Women

Trojen Women
Aurora Theatre

(w/Siobhan Doherty & Emilie Talbot )


Charlie Martin

On Golden Pond
Willows Theatre


Oscar Jaffe
Twentienth Century



Sir Toby Belch

Sir Toby Belch
Twelfth Night
College of Marin

(guest artist)


Rev. David Lee

Rev. David Lee
The Foreigner
Ross Valley Players
(w/Jim Dunn as Owen)


The Jester's King

The Jester's King
MFA Solo Show
JFK University


John Anglin

John Anglin
Escape from Alcatraz
BBC Films/History Channel


Claude Green

Claude Green
The Man with the Blue Guitar
48 Hour Film Project

(with Dan Clegg & Liz Sklar)




Talking Trash @ 24 FPS
A & I Films


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