Matthew LaChiusa



Matthew LaChiusa is cast as Claudius--the father of Nicholas’ childhood friend Theophanes. Claudius is involved in an early act of kindness by young Nicholas, and this in turn plants the seeds for the future endeavors of the boy who would one day become a saint.

Matthew’s aspirations and accomplishments range from actor and director to playwright and filmmaker, with production credits to his name as well. As a Western New York actor, Matthew has been “on the boards” with regional theatre companies including Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Ujima Theater, Alleyway Theater, Theater of Youth and Torn Space Theater. With his brother Thomas (through Linwood Productions), he produced, wrote and directed two critically acclaimed documentaries GVI: Life In A Northern Town and Honeymoon Haunts. He has independently produced several of his original plays including Superhero Blues, King Cornpone, and Lake Erie Vignettes. He has also produced local playwrights including Scott Kurchak and Anthony Cardinale. Matthew’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol entitled Ebenezer S.--A Non-Traditional Christmas Carol was produced at Buffalo Ensemble Theater.

In 2005 he formed his own production company, and in the Buffalo Infringement Festival he produced two original plays and directed an original work by Tim Hobin. He also directed and produced, in association with Blue Garrote Theater, an original work by playwright Tim McPeek entitled The Ditch. Two of Matthew’s plays were produced in the 2006 Buffalo Infringement including Fred’s Requiem and a staged reading of Red Clay Railroad. In that same year, Matthew directed and produced (in association with Torn Space Theater), a theatrical adaptation of the classic film Apocalypse Now. Among his recent credits are roles in a series of one-act plays for downtown Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre, as well as filmmaking credits for the documentary, Ghostlights: Folklore, Skepticism and Belief.

In Nicholas of Myra, Matthew’s character of Claudius and the part he plays in the storyline helps to reveal the empathetic character of the young Nicholas.