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. She is Junkee's Staff Writer, and tweets at @mdixonsmith.
Matilda has worked as an editorial assistant and submissions manager at Penguin Random House (2013-2015), Black Inc. Books (2016) and Executive Media (2013). In 2010, she co-founded the review blog You're Dripping Egg, where she served as editor-in-chief until the site's closure in 2014. Currently Matilda works freelance editing, ghostwriting and proofreading for publishing houses in Melbourne.
Matilda is a cultural critic writing on pop culture, politics, mental health and feminism. Matilda's work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, The Guardian AU, SBS, Junkee, Kill Your Darlings, Overland Journal, Going Down Swinging, The Herald Sun and Time Out Melbourne.
Matilda's passion for critical writing won her a place in Next Wave Festival's arts writing mentorship program, Text Camp, in 2014. She was also awarded a Glenfern Fellowship for Emerging Writers in 2014. She is a regular guest on Radio National, Joy FM, 3RRR and the Rereaders podcast. 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, which premiered to sold-out audiences at Melbourne's 2014 Midsumma Festival.
Matilda is currently writing, editing and making theatre all around Melbourne.