GARY MATHEWS was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and educated in Classical Languages and Comparative Literature at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught on the faculties of Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Carolina State University. His first performing experience was in an original-language production of Sophocles’ Antigone at UCLA and Stanford. He trained in Classical ballet with Ronn Guidi at Oakland Ballet. He began training in noh performance with Richard Emmert in Tokyo in 2000, and has studied noh chant and dance with Akira Matsui, Sadamu Omura and Kinue Oshima, and drumming with Mitsuo Kama. He made his debut as a choreographer of non-traditional noh-styled work at the 2001 Noh Training Project in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, with a piece, Chains, that combined the African-American gospel tradition with noh dance movement. In the same year he was invited by Richard Emmert to join the Theatre Nohgaku project and in 2003 became a Founding Member of the company. He performed in the first Noh Training Project production of a full noh play, Kurozuka, in 2004. In 2006 he produced and performed in TN’s world premiere tour of Pine Barrens. In 2012 he performed in TN’s premiere of a “chamber noh” production of Atsumori at Hampden-Sydney College and also as the nochijite in TN's full production of Atsumori at the Noh Training Project. In 2014 he played kotsuzumi for TN's performance of Sumida River at Zen Mountain Monastery and in the same year at the Noh Training Project he played kotsuzumi for TN's han-noh performance of Takasago and performed as the waki in TN's full production of Hagoromo.