Matthew Edward Hegstrom is an American actor, singer, dancer, and director currently based in Mie, Japan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University in the USA. Although he is primarily an actor, he first began directing in university with a one-act play called FIFTEEN MINUTES , which established his passion for directing. Since moving to Japan in 2012, he has performed professionally as a solo artist for local expatriate organizations. He has appeared in the TBS Drama LEADERS , and done voice-over narration for television commercials. He first got involved with theatre in Japan in 2011, becoming the stage manager for Nameless Theatre’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) . Since then he has acted in their productions of Romeo and Juliet , as ‘Balthazar’, and Treasure Island (both 2013), in which he starred as ‘Jim Hawkins’. Most recently he performed as an actor, dancer, and singer in the Nameless Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing (2014). When he is not acting, he enjoys singing karaoke and spending time with his friends.