Me, briefly: 

I make shows happen.

Live theatre, performance – that’s what I’m passionate about.

Movement. Text. Music. Performers: in whatever combination, these are the elements I work with. 

Funny, true story: When I was in grade eight, my English teacher told my mother that I was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Joan Rivers. Plus ça change...

Keep scrolling down for my bio and resume.



Matjash Mrozewski is a Toronto-based choreographer and director with an international career.

In 2016, Matjash choreographed Gefärhliche Liebschaften (Dangerous Liaisons) in St. Gallen, Switzerland and directed Jordan Tannahill’s new play Botticelli in the Fire for Canadian Stage, which won a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Production. He also choreographed Now, What, Like, When for Ballet Kelowna. In 2015 Matjash directed Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park.

Matjash trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, studying under Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Sergiu Stefanschi and Peggy Baker. Upon graduation he joined The National Ballet of Canada, and later danced with Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. He has performed in most major works of the classical repertoire as well as in the choreography of William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Pierre Perreault, James Kudelka, and Marie Chouinard.

In 2001, Matjash stopped dancing in order to devote himself exclusively to choreography, and launched his career that year, creating A Delicate Battle for The National Ballet of Canada. Since then, Matjash has created works for, among others, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The West Australian Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Houston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

He has also choreographed numerous films, flash mobs, and galas as well as for classical music concerts and other special events.  In 2003, Matjash was the recipient of the NAC Youth Commission for Dance, which allowed him to create his first full-evening work, Break Open Play. Matjash also provided the choreography for two new Canadian musicals: Mimi (Tarragon Theatre) and The Bricklin (Fredericton Playhouse/Theatre New Brunswick), both directed by Alisa Palmer.

In 2009 Matjash choreographed and performed a duet commissioned for The National Art Centre’s 40th anniversary gala.  That year he also won the inaugural Choreography Award at the Eighth Annual Competition for the Erik Bruhn prize, for a duet performed by The National Ballet of Canada’s competitors.  In 2012 he attended the DanceEast (UK) retreat for Future Leaders in Dance and choreographed Romeo und Julia, for Tanz Luzerner Theater, which premiered in Switzerland in September 2012.  

Matjash is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore award nominations for Outstanding Choreography, and one for Outstanding Direction.

In June 2016 Matjash completed the two-year York University/Canadian Stage MFA in large scale theatre direction. 




2017   Secret Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida

2016   Canadian Stage - Botticelli in the Fire (winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production)

2015   Canadian Stage - The Comedy of Errors

          Theatre @ York  - Scenes from The Ecstatic Bible (semi-mounted production)

2014   Canadian Stage - Tragedy: A Tragedy (workshop)

          York University - Much Ado About Nothing,The PenelopiadTough! (unmounted productions)


2017  Ryerson Dances - The Night Dance

         Older & Reckless/Evelyn Hart - Abiding

         ProArteDanza - Future Perfect Continuous (movement/text collaboration with playwright Anna Chatterton)

         Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity - Kopernikus (opera)

         Arts Umbrella Vancouver – Solo System

         Canada's National Ballet School - Assemblee Internationale '17 - I Wonder

         Ballet Kelowna - Unfolding

2016  Konzert und Theater St. Gallen – Gefärliche Liebschaften (Dangerous Liaisons)

          Ballet Kelowna – Now, What, Like, When

          Arts Umbrella Vancouver – Some Country Dances

2013  Tanz Akademie Zürich – Black Birds

2012  Tanz Luzerner Theater – Romeo and Juliet

          Oregon Ballet Theatre – The Lost Dance

          Against The Grain Theatre – Piano Phase and The Seven Deadly Sins (chamber opera, dir. Joel Ivany)

2011  Ballet Augsburg - Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

          Royal Ballet of Flanders - Amarant

          National Ballet School - International Dance Day celebration flash mob

          Move: The Company – Secret Self

          Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series – Tenebrae

          Ballet Jörgen – A World To Shake (work for school children)

2010  Fredericton Playhouse/Theatre New Brunswick - The Bricklin (musical, dir. Alisa Palmer)

           National Ballet School - International Dance Day celebration flash mob

           Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series - Sonata

2009  Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - Pavillon d’Armide

          Tulsa Ballet - My Love

          National Ballet of Canada - Dénouement

          Tarragon Theatre - Mimi (musical, dir. Alisa Palmer)

          National Arts Centre - Bringing The Tiger Down from The Mountain

          National Ballet School - 30-Minute Beauty Makeover          

          Ryerson Dances - Flora and Zephyr

          Nureyev (film, dir. Moze Mossanen) 

          Sophia (film, dir. Shervin Kermani) 

2008  Australian Ballet - Semele

           Royal Ballet - Agitator

2007  Royal Danish Ballet - Planet Wonderful

           San Francisco Ballet - Concordia

           Washington Ballet - Lovers Speak

           National Ballet of Canada - Wolf’s Court

           ProArteDanza- Chopper and Chevalier

2006  National Ballet of Canada - C.V.

           Royal Ballet - Castle Nowhere

           West Australian Ballet - Soft Punch

           Canada Dance Festival, Dances for a Small Stage - Editrix

           16th International AIDS Conference - Opening Ceremonies

2005  Royal Swedish Ballet - Dreamland

           Stuttgart Ballet - Avatar

2004  Houston Ballet - The Great Attractor

           Royal Ballet - A World of Art

           Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Straight Life

            fFIDA Grande Scale Event - No One Dies

            A Delicate Battle (film adaptation, dir. Mark Adam) 

           Lepidulterous (film, dir. James Cooper)

2003  West Australian Ballet - A Delicate Battle (restaging)

           National Ballet of Canada - Monument

           A Pairing of Swans (film adaptation, dir. Veronica Tennant) 

           National Arts Centre Youth Commission for Dance - Break Open Play

           National Ballet School - Adventures in Classicism

           Dusk Dances - Lam

2002  Toronto Dance Theatre - Virgin Queen

           Copenhagen International Ballet - Flames and Ashes

           Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Lost and Found

           Year of the Lion (film, dir. More Mossanen)

           Milwaukee Ballet  - Another Space

           National Ballet School - Charged Airs

           Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Dreams Come True Gala – The Swan Sees His Reflection

2001   National Ballet of Canada - A Delicate Battle

           Toronto Dance Theatre - People Are Scary

           Celebration of the Works of Canadian Artists for HRH Prince Charles - Worlds Collide

2000  Dancers for Life - Movers and Shakers

           fFIDA - Naughty Bijou

           National Ballet School – Suggestion and Sphinx Without A Secret

1995   National Ballet of Canada Concert Group - Three French Words



2016  Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Direction (Botticelli in the Fire)

2009  Distinguished Guest Artist in Residence, Ryerson University Dance Department
          Inaugural Choreographic Award, Eighth Annual International Erik Bruhn Prize

2008  Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Performance – Ensemble (24 Preludes by Chopin, chor. M. Chouinard)                                                

2005  Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography (Break Open Play)

2002  Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography (A Delicate Battle)

          Second Place and Audience Award, Milwaukee International Choreographic Competition

2000 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Performance – Ensemble (one hundred words for snow, chor. D.Dumais.)

1994 YTV  National Youth Achievement Award

1993 Peter Dwyer Award, Ondaatje Award, City of Toronto Award, Stanley E. Greben Award

1992 Queen Margarethe II Award, Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School


Workshops And Internships

2016  Participant, The Creative Gesture, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

2014  Intern, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, dir. Peter Sellars, English National Opera (London, UK)

          Participant, New Aesthetics, Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

          Directing Intern, The Seagull, dir. Peter Hinton, Segal Centre (Montreal)           

          Assistant director, As You Like It, dir. Nigel Shawn Williams, Canadian Stage

2012  Participant, Future Leaders in Dance, Retreat, Dance East (Suffolk, UK)

2001  Participant, New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute


Selected Performance History

2001- 2012     occasional guest artist, The National Ballet of Canada

2008- 2009    occasional guest artist, Compagnie Marie Chouinard

1999 – 2001    corps de ballet, The National Ballet of Canada (second soloist in 2000)

1998 -1999      dancer, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

1997 -1998      dancer, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève

1994 -1997      corps de ballet, The National Ballet of Canada



2003 - 2016  Guest Ballet Teacher: National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, Move: The Company,Bern Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet BC, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Tanz Luzerner Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Kelowna, Harbour Dance (Vancouver), Ryerson University, DanceTeq (Toronto), Danse à la Carte (Montreal),                                     

2011-2012  Guest Ballet Master, BJM Danse Montreal



 2016  MFA Theatre (Large-Scale Stage Direction) - York University in collaboration with Canadian Stage, Toronto ON

1993  The National Ballet School of Canada, graduate -Teachers included Betty Oliphant, Sergiu Stefanschi, Glenn Gilmour, Peggy Baker