Matthew Doyle is a descendant of the Muruwari people from the Lightning Ridge area of NSW and grew up in Southern Sydney on Dharawal land. From 1985-1988 Matthew Doyle studied with the prestigious Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (now, NAISA Dance College), where he completed a three year course. In 1990 Matthew returned to AIDT to become a founding member of their professional company, where he worked on several productions. Matthew is a dancer, musician, song-man, cultural consultant and educator with over 30 years’ experience working in the performing arts sector. Matthew has worked as a Cultural Consultant and Songman with Bangarra over the years on various Bangarra productions including Patyegarang and Bennelong.
Matthew has toured extensively in Australia and abroad performing in many countries as both a Soloist and a Collaborator. He has performed as part of many major international events including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Matthew played digeridoo on top of the Sydney Opera House as part of the ABC Millennium Broadcast. Matthew has also performed at the opening of the Indigenous Gallery Musee Du Quay Branly in Paris, World Expo Japan, World Youth Day 2008 and took part in the production of “I am Eora” at the 2012 Sydney Festival.
In his capacity as a cultural consultant Matthew has welcomed both Pope Benedict XVI to Sydney as well as member of the British Royal Family. In 2016 Matthew opened the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has recorded several albums of his own music and has collaborated with Bangarra Dance Theatre on two separate productions. Has also worked with Grandmaster shakuhachi player Riley Lee, James Morrison, TAIKOZ, Legs on the Wall, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Gondwana Children’s Choir. Matthew has also been working in Indigenous Arts in Education for the last 18 years and recently appeared on Play School.