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Matthew Rapport

His areas of expertise include Shakespeare, improvisation, acting as well as physical skills including juggling, puppetry and physical comedy.  He has taught in a variety of settings including public schools, community centers, and art camps.  In addition to being the Festival’s lead teaching artist, Matt has taught classes for the Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Accessible Arts, and Theatre For Young America.  Some of his more rewarding teaching experiences have been with underserved students including work with the Shakespeare Festival at ReStart, a homeless shelter in Kansas City, MO and with Kansas City Repertory Theater at DeLaSalle and Hilltop, both high schools for adjudicated youths.  Most recently he has been teaching adults with Down's Syndrome in Mission, Kansas through Accessible Arts.  Matt is also a professional actor and musician with many local and regional credits.