Muscleflea is an international folk theatre collaborative that uses multimedia, music, and devised performance to uncover a global community.
Founded in 2011 by Victoria Allington and Amalia Mathewson, Muscleflea has created work in the US, the UK, and Hong Kong. Founding members Mathewson and Allington met during a physical theater residency with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts. The two women found a shared passion for environmental and immersive work with an emphasis on physical endurance, ancient/folk music, and forgotten stories.
Victoria is a graduate from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Upon graduation, she built upon her physical theatre training in Butoh and Viewpoints, training in Grotowski and devising techniques.
Victoria grew up in Hong Kong, and worked there for several years performing, devising and directing to a professional level, and teaching with an emphasis on early years.
Amalia Mathewson is a Chicago-based writer and performing artist. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and has trained with The Neo-Futurists, Second City, and the Moscow Art Theatre.
Amalia is part of the Chicago Playwright's Group and the folk/Americana band, Last Acre. She is a teaching artist and upright bassist.