Craig Mathewson

    Theatreyoga: Creative Wellness

    For 17 years, Craig lived in the central Australian desert in and around Alice Springs. In 2001 he founded and worked as Artistic Director for the intra-cultural theatre company, Red Dust Theatre. There he commissioned and directed new and challenging scripts on local stories, characters and events including the cross-cultural productions 'Train Dancing' (Adelaide Festival) 'Barracking' (touring remote Aboriginal communities) and 'Under The Raintree'. Craig wrote and performed two one-man shows at the Araluen Theatre; 'Waiting For Grace' and 'A Play In The Dark' (based on his two weeks in a Taoist Darkness Retreat). Craig has worked and lived in many Indigenous communities, creating community projects, including 'Come Together', an Indigenous youth festival for the remote communities of the Western and Eastern desert language groups of Luritja, Western Arrernte, Walpiri, Pintubi and Pitjantjatjara.

    When based in Germany for three years, Craig toured as a director for the American Drama Group Europe ADGE, presenting in theatres across many cities including Stockholm, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Barcelona. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Sydney University and studied Film at CALARTS (California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles). In America and Australia he studied and practiced a form of spiritual yoga under David Deida, acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative spiritual teachers of our time. Craig is currently running workshops, public talks and private consultation sessions with Theatreyoga at the Abbotsford Convent. His most recent talk was entitled 'Wisdom For A Sacred Death'.