Teacher Bios


Matthew Armstead

Matthew Armstead works at the intersections of art, spirituality, and social change in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Matthew interweaves his background as a community organizer, activist trainer, and physical theatre performer/creator to create opportunities for people to experience what they dream to be possible. His artistic work focuses on ensemble-devised performance that engages audiences as active participants. He completed an M.F.A. with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and has a B.A. in Theater and Women's Studies from Swarthmore College. Matthew serves as a core trainer with Training for Change, and roots his approach in their Direct Education pedagogy - which challenges traditional education, confronting the beliefs, conflicts, and oppression that keep leaders and groups from being their most powerful. He has organized for environmental justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation, and is currently working with masculine-identified people to be better listeners and actions partners.

Emmanuelle Delpech

Emmanuelle Delpech is a theater artist: actor, director and teacher. A native of France, she works and lives in Philadelphia. She was classically trained (text based theater) at the Ecole Superieur d’Art Dramatique de la Ville de Paris and then studied physical theatre at l’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She also graduated from Temple University and earned an MFA in Directing. Emmanuelle was a member of Pig Iron Theatre Company for 8 years and was Barrymore nominated for best supporting actress in Hell Meets Henry Halfway and won a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work in James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris. In June/July 2009, Emmanuelle performed with The Second City Chicago in Reverie directed by Dexter Bullard which was premiered at the “Just for Laughs” festival in Montreal. As an independent artist, she has created and performed Madame Douce-Amere, a wordless clown duet at the 2005 Philadelphia Lives Arts festival, which was also produced by 1812 Productions at the Walnut Street Theatre in October 2006. She received a 2005 City Paper Award for her performance in that show. In June 2016 she premiered a new solo piece at FringeArts: The Spinning Immigrant, on her experience as an immigrant, using sound devices and DJing. The show was world premiered in June 2016 at Fringe Arts. In addition to Pig Iron School, Emmanuelle has taught at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College and Temple University (currently teaches classes for the graduate and undergraduate program).