Professor of Theatre

Office:
Gilmore Theatre Complex 1115
Home:
538 Pinehurst Boulevard
Department of Theatre Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
Western Michigan University (616) 349-5603
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
(616) 387-3218
E-Mail:
matt.knewtson@wmich.edu

Education

5/91 Master of Fine Arts - Lighting Design and Technical Production, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.
5/88 Bachelor of science - Computer Science (Cum Laude), Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.

Professional Experience

8/96
- Professor of Theatre, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Department Lighting and Sound Designer.
5/01
- 7/01 Technical Director, New Horizon Theatre Company, Benton Harbor, Michigan.
1/01
- 2/01 Guest Lighting Designer, The California Repertory Company, Long Beach, California.
5/98
- Lighting Designer, The Ramada Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw, Indiana.
9/91 
- 8/96 Lighting Designer/Technical Director/Affiliate Faculty, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Duties include Lighting Design and Technical Direction for five productions per academic year, instruction of four courses per year, supervision of scene shop and shop employees, administration of technical production budgets, materials acquisition, maintenance of facilities and equipment, technical production for 4-5 extraneous events (ranging from lectures to arts festivals) per year. 
8/94
- 9/94 Technical Director, Washington Productions, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
6/94
- 8/94 Lighting Designer, Kalamazoo Civic Summer Theatre, Kalamazoo Michigan.
3/94
- 4/94 Stage Manager - Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts, Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, and the State Theatre, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
5/93
- 6/93 Guest Lighting Designer, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
6/90 
- 9/91 Designer/Technical Director, Johnson County Theatre in the Park, Shawnee, Kansas. Duties included Technical Direction of four production summer season, Lighting Design or Scenic Design for one or two productions per summer, administration of materials and personnel budgets, supervision of technical staff consisting of six to twelve full time carpenters and painters.
8/90
- 5-91 Graduate Teaching Assistant - Technical Production/Lighting, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Department of Theatre.
12/90 
- 4/91 Assistant Technical Director, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri.
9/90
- 10/90 Assistant Lighting Designer, The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Assisting Rob Murphy and Marcus Dillard.
8/89
- 5/90 Shop Carpenter/Materials Coordinator, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri.
5/89
- 8/89 Assistant Master Electrician, Pepsico Summerfare, SUNY-Purchase, Purchase, New York. The Peter Sellar's Mozart Cycle.
1/89
- 5/89 Graduate Teaching Assistant - Lighting, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Department of Theatre.
9/88
- 5/89 Designer/Technical Director, O'Hara High School, Kansas City, Missouri.
7/88
- 8/88 Assistant Lighting Designer, Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita, Kansas.
5/88
- 8/88 Lighting Design Intern, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri. Assistant to Kirk Bookman, Lighting Designer.
8/85
- 5/88 Rice Auditorium Stage Manager, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.
8/84
- 8/85 Shop Assistant, Baker University - Department of Theatre, Baldwin City, Kansas.

Teaching Experience

Lighting and Sound Design Independant Studies in :
Stagecraft I         Advanced Lighting Design
Stagecraft II         Advanced Audio Design
        Technical Production
        Stage Management
        Hydraulics and Pnumatics
 

Membership in Professional Organization

United States Institute for Theatre Technology

American Association of University Professors


Honors and Awards

College of Fine Arts 2001 Outstanding Service Award, Western Michigan University

Quarterly Staff Service Award, Western Michigan University


Production Experience

LIGHTING DESIGN

PRODUCTION PRODUCING ORGANIZATION
YEAR
A Chorus Line Western Michigan University
2001
L'Histour du Soldat The Calofornia Repertory Company
2001
"Winter Concert of Dance '01" WMU - Department of Dance
2001
My Favorite Year Wagon Wheel Theatre
2000
The Forigner Wagon Wheel Theatre
2000
Oliver Wagon Wheel Theatre
2000
Cinderella Wagon Wheel Theatre
2000
Children of Eden Western Michigan University
2000
"Winter Concert of Dance '00" WMU - Department of Dance
2000
'Tis The Season Western Michigan University
1999
The Imaginary Invalid Western Michigan University
1999
West Side Story Wagon Wheel Theatre
1999
The Odd Couple Wagon Wheel Theatre
1999
"Winter Concert of Dance '99" WMU - Department of Dance
1999
A Wonderful Life Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
"Fall Concert of Dance '98" WMU - Department of Dance
1998
Return to the Forbidden Planet Western Michigan University
1998
The Goodbye Girl Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
The King and I Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
Moon Over Buffalo Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
Li'l Abner Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
Little Shop of Horrors Wagon Wheel Theatre
1998
The Nightingale Western Michigan University
1998
"Winter Concert of Dance '98" WMU - Department of Dance
1998
Frankenstein Western Michigan University
1997
Amadeus Western Michigan University
1997
"Winter Concert of Dance '97" WMU - Department of Dance
1997
Ten Little Indians Western Michigan University
1997
"Fall Concert of Dance '96" WMU - Department of Dance
1996
The Secret Garden Western Michigan University
1996
A Funny Thing Happened...Forum Western Michigan University
1995
Romeo and Juliet Western Michigan University
1995
Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery Western Michigan University
1995
M. Butterfly Western Michigan University
1994
Wait until Dark Kalamazoo Civic
1994
Anything Goes Kalamazoo Civic
1994
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Western Michigan University
1993
Twelthnight Kalamazoo College
1993
Joe Turner's Come and Gone Western Michigan University
1992
Let's Get a Divorce Western Michigan University
1992
"Annual Concert '92" Wellspring Dance Collaborative
1992
Wild Oats Western Michigan University
1991
Jesus Christ Superstar Western Michigan University
1991
Jesus Christ Superstar Johnson County Theatre in the Park
1991
The Comedy of Errors University of Missouri - KC
1990
The Skin of Our Teeth* The Guthrie Theatre
1990
The Front Page* The Guthrie Theatre
1990
Independence University of Missouri - KC
1990
"Choreofest '89" University of Missouri - KC
1990
Tons of Money* Missouri Repertory Theatre
1989
Cinderella O'Hara High School
1989
The Orestia University of Missouri - KC
1988
A Midsummer Night's Dream O'Hara High School
1988
Jesus Christ Superstar* Starlight Theatre
1988
Evita* Music Theatre of Wichita
1988
Oliver* Starlight Theatre
1988
God's Favorite Baker University
1988
Harvey Baker University
1987
Hedda Gabler Baker University
1986
Whose Life is it Anyway? Baker University
1986
Paint Your Wagon Baker University
1985

* indicates Assistant to another designer

SCENIC DESIGN

PRODUCTION PRODUCING ORGANIZATION YEAR
Jesus Christ Superstar Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1991
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1990
Cinderella O'Hara High School 1989
A Midsummer Night's Dream O'Hara High School 1988
The Owl and the Pussycat Baker University 1988
September Song Baker University 1987
Stay Where You Are Baker University 1986
Lunch Hour Baker University 1986

TECHNICAL DIRECTION

PRODUCTION PRODUCING ORGANIZATION YEAR
Arms and the Man New Horizon Theatre Company 2001
"Fall Concert of Dance '97" WMU - Department of Dance 1997
Arsenic and Old Lace Western Michigan University 1996
Albert Herring Western Michigan University 1996
The Scarlet Letter Western Michigan University 1995
A Funny Thing Happened...Forum Western Michigan University 1995
Romeo and Juliet Western Michigan University 1995
Dracula Western Michigan University 1995
Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery Western Michigan University 1995
M. Butterfly Western Michigan University 1994
Kentucky at Sunrise Washington Productions 1994
Opening Gala Gilmore Keyboard Festival 1994
Ozma Of Oz Western Michigan University 1993
Dreamgirls Western Michigan University 1993
Julius Caesar Western Michigan University 1993
25th Anniversary Gala Miller Auditorium 1993
Joe Turner's Come and Gone Western Michigan University 1992
Let's Get a Divorce Western Michigan University 1992
A Midsummer Night's Dream Western Michigan University 1992
Falstaff Western Michigan University 1992
Wild Oats Western Michigan University 1991
Jesus Christ Superstar Western Michigan University 1991
The Wizard of Oz Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1991
Guys and Dolls Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1991
A Fiddler on the Roof Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1991
Richard III* Missouri Repertory Theatre 1991
Fences* Missouri Repertory Theatre 1991
Sound of Music Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1990
Mack and Mable Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1990
Annie Get Your Gun Johnson County Theatre in the Park 1990
The Threepenny Opera University of Missouri - KC 1990
Zastrozzi University of Missouri - KC 1989
Agnes of God University of Missouri - KC 1989
Uncle Vanya University of Missouri - KC 1989
The Owl and the Pussycat Baker University 1988
God's Favorite* Baker University 1988
The Diviners* Baker University 1987
Lunch Hour Baker University 1986

* indicates Assistant to another technical director

Modified: 11/15/2001