Matilda Dixon-Smith is a writer, editor and theatre-maker from Melbourne. She is a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from The University of Melbourne (2013) and an avid reader, writer and viewer.
Matilda has provided editorial support at Penguin Random House, Black Inc. Books, Executive Media and Time Out Melbourne. In 2010, she co-founded the review blog You're Dripping Egg, where she served as editor-in-chief closure in 2014. She also contributed to You're Dripping Egg as a reviewer, with her weekly column on television, film and theatre. Matilda works as an editor, a ghostwriter and a proofreader for publishing houses in Melbourne. In 2016, she managed the unsolicited submissions pile for Black Inc. Books.
Matilda is a cultural critic and an opinion writer who specialises in the intersection of the arts, pop culture and feminism. She writes regulalry on film, television and pop culture for Junkee Media, and her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, The Guardian Australia, SBS, Kill Your Darlings, Overland Journal, Going Down Swinging, The Herald Sun and Time Out Melbourne. In 2014 she presented at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on the responsibilities of news satire television programs. Matilda's passion for critical writing won her a place in Next Wave Festival's flagship arts writing mentorship program, Text Camp, for 2014. Matilda was also awarded a Glenfern Fellowship for Emerging Writers in 2014, for her developing non-fiction work in memoir/critical writing.Matilda also writes for the screen, and currently has works for the web, television and film in development.
Matilda is also a theatre-maker. She is the co-founder and an Artistic Director of Twelve Angry. She has written, directed, produced, designed costumes and managed publicity for the stage. She has worked on a variety of productions including: The History Boys, 2012; In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), 2013; Blasted, 2013; The Wild Party, 2013; The Taming of the Shrew, 2015; [Lady] Macbeth, 2016; and Bachelorette, 2016. Matilda has also worked as a freelance director at The University of Melbourne's residential colleges. In 2014, Matilda co-created and wrote the book for the cult-hit Devoted: A New Musical, a queer musical satire after Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical Grease. The musical premiered to sold-out audiences at Melbourne's 2014 Midsumma Festival.
Matilda is currently writing, editing and directing all around Melbourne -- and watching and editing as much as she possibly can!