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Jan 1983Jun 1986


University of Missouri at Kansas City

Hallmark Fellowship in Property Construction and Technical Direction

Worked in the Missouri Rep scene shop as part of my graduate training.

Primary focus was on technical direction and my mentor was Mr. Doug Taylor.

Studied lighting with Mr. Joseph Appelt and design classes with Mr. John Ezell.

Professional internship was working at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. 

Aug 1981May 1982

Technical Internship Certificate

Yale School of Drama

Participant in the inaugural year of the Yale School of Drama’s technical internship program.

Worked in the Yale Rep Scene Shop as a scenic carpenter and took three classes each semester.

Notable experiences:

            I was an Assistant Technical Director for the Yale Rep’s american premiere production of Master Harold and the Boys written and directed by Athol Fugard, which toured to Philadelphia and then to Broadway. 

I worked at Hudson Scenic, a commercial Broadway shop for two weeks at the conclusion of the school year.

Aug 1977May 1981


Augustana College

Shop supervisor for three years in the theatre department and was the student technical director for the college’s summer stock theatre --The Pitchfork Players, which performed in the small town of Viola, Illinois.

My senior internship was a 3 month working experience as a design / technical intern at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.

Work experience

Jul 2003Present

Associate Professor

Saint Louis University

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Department Chairperson – Dr. Laura Franklin

I am currently appointed as an Associate Professor in the theatre department where I teach classes in theatre technology and design -- introduction to theatre, lighting design, introduction to computer-aided design and drafting, survey of design, and serve as the resident lighting designer for university productions.

Apr 2002Jul 2003

Designer/ Technical Director

The Spark Agency (currently The Switch)

Supervisor: Mr. Terry Hobbs - Vice President of Production Operations.

Duties included:Material and technical research, concept and project drafting, 3D realization and creation of technical descriptions and budgets in the Business Meetings, Exhibits and Environments Department.

Nov 1998Apr 2002

Manager of Equipment Rental and Staging

Busch Creative Services (currently The Switch)

Supervisor: Mr. John Nickel - Group Director of Production Operations

Supervised the operation of the BCS Oakland Rental and Shop Facility and Cost Center

Managed equipment rental business and scenic construction shop bids and projects.

Jul 1996Oct 1998

Technical Director

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Mr. Steven Woolf -- Artistic Director

Mr. Edward Coffield -  Production Manager

Supervised the scenic construction and technical operation of six mainstage productions

along with three studio and touring children’s shows each season.

Jul 1990Jul 1996

Production Manager

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Mr. Charles MacKay - General Director

Mr. Colin Graham  -- Artistic Director

Managed the production operation for the Spring Opera Festival - four Operas performed in rotating rep at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre on the campus of Webster University.

Jan 1987Jul 1990

Technical Director

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Mr, Charles MacKay - General Director

Mr. Colin Graham - Artistic Director

I was employed as the seasonal Technical Director and supervised the scenic analysis, construction and technical operation of four fully mounted operas in rotating repertory at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre on the campus of Webster University.

Jul 1985Apr 1990

Assistant Technical Director

The Repertory Theatre of St.Louis

Max DeVolder - Technical Director

I assisted the Technical Director wih the operation of the Repertory Theatre Scenic Shop and the construction of six mainstage and three studio productions.  I was responsible for the drafting of working drawings and material research and procurement. 

Community Service

Fantasy Day  Immaculate Heart of Mary Grade School            May 2009

Coordinated the design and implementation of the video and lighting of the gym for the first graders surprise fantasy day visit to space!  Lisa Muxo -- coordinator

Opera Thru the Looking Glass  Kirkwood High School    May 2009

Presented La Boheme designs and background to two high school classes as part of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis educational program.

SLU Make A Difference Day  Nov  2008

St Louis Franciscan Connection

Helped coordinate a work day for the urban service agency.  Enlisted student help and we worked scraping paint and preparing a garage for painting and roofing.

Recent Lighting Design Samples

Scenic Designs

Guest Teaching Workshops

Introduction to SketchUp      University of Missouri at Kansas City      January 2009

Presented an introduction to Google SketchUp for the M.F.A. design and technical


Design Charrette at University of Missouri at Kansas City  - May 2008

Guest artist for the UMKC Design Charrette.  – Helped three other guest artists in a four day intensive workshop focused on the creation of a theme park design based on the monkey king legend in both Chinese and Hindu traditions.  Organized by distinguished Hallmark professor John Ezell and Professor Gene Friedman for the graduate M.F.A. design candidates at UMKC -  my alma matter.  Other workshop leaders --  Doug Ederle -  Head of Costume Design for Walt Disney World, Trad A Burns, Professional Lighting and Scenic Designer,  Kim Wilson, Art Director Suzanne Sessions,  Inc.

Introduction to 3D Design With VectorWorks Spotlight    St Louis Vectorworks User Group  Saint Louis University CAD Lab                        March 2008

3D Workshop                 University of South Dakota    March 17, 2006

 Co- presented a workshop on AutoCAD and 3D Viz Theatrical Applications with Chris Jones, former student and professional designer and Tim Case, Professor of Theatre.

Miscellaneous Projects

Selected Design Experience

Scenic Designer – Neighborhood 3 - The Requisition of Doom  Hotcity Theatre,    The Kranzberg Black Box

            Director:  Chuck Haper  September  2009 

Lighting Designer - The Vertical Hour by David Hare.  The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis,  Studio Theatre

            Director:  Jim O’Connor  January 2008

Assistant Designer – Richard III, Shakespeare Festival of St Louis  Spring 2008

Scenic Designer: James Wolk

Assisted the scenic designer with VectorWorks drafting.  

Assistant Designer – Ferrari Theme Park,  Yas Island  Abu Dhabi  Suzanne Sessions, Inc. Summer 2007

3D designer for a water and dark ride which was part of the new Ferrari theme park.  We utilized AutoDesk Inventor software and AutoCAD to create the design and documentation package.

Lighting Designer -  A Number by Caryl Churchill.  The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis,  Studio Theatre

            Director:  Susan Gregg  January 2007

Lighting Designer -  Shakespeare’s R and J  by Joe Calarco. The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, 

            Off-Ramp Series performed at the Grandel Theatre.  Director:  Paul Barnes October 2006

Lighting Designer – BUG  by Tracy Letts The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis 

            Off-Ramp Series performed at the Grandel Theatre.  Director:  Susan  Gregg  October 2005

Assistant Lighting Designer -  Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks  HOK Architects

New exhibit installation in Lake Placid,  New York  Summer 2006

Lighting Designer -  Bud Light Halloween Party  Craftsmen Industries, Anhueser-Busch

Designed the lighting for a blacklight product promotion event in Carbondale,  Illinois.  Oct 2005

Scenic Designer – The Dead Guy  by Eric Coble        Hotcity Theatre,    The Kranzberg Black Box

            Director:  Marty Stanberry    November 2008


I am thrilled to begin my twelfth year teaching and designing at Saint Louis University. The challenging B.A. theatre program is an ideal training environment --the perfect mix of intense and creative productions augmented by the distinguished liberal arts tradition of Saint Louis University. I am proud to share my enthusiasm and love of theatre along with my experience in stagecraft, design and special effects. My teaching philosophy is simple - you can never stop learning and exploring.


Jazz music and education

My brother is a jazz drummer, band leader and composer.

I play the tenor saxophone.

Link to Matt Wilson's website:


Member of the Jefferson County Beekeeper's Association

Hobby Blacksmith

Woodworking and home projects

Irish Tin Whistle

Horse Care and farm maintenance. 

Proud owner of a John Deere 2010 Tractor


Scenic Construction Techniques
Stage and Exhibit Lighting Design
Theatrical Lighting Design is my passion and I have had the opportunity to design the lighting for over 50 productions.  Professionally,  I enjoy working in the smaller, more intimate black box and studio theatres.
AutoDesk Inventor
I used AutoDesk's Inventor Software for a design package for Suzanne Sessions, Inc on the design and documentation for an dark/flume ride attraction for the Ferrari Theme Park in Abu Dhabi. Link to AutoDesk Inventor:
Google SketchUp
SketchUp is an excellent intuitive 3D design tool.  The free software is a great tool to quickly create a 3D stage design utilizing the numerous free objects and designs that are availble in Google's 3D warehouse. I have generated very quick architecture and exhibit walk-throughs with SketchUp's scene views. Link to Google SketchUp:
I started with version 11 on a monster 386 chip CAD station and a 6 pen plotter.  I currently run AutoCAD 2008 and LT. Link to AutoCAD overview:
Vectorworks Spotlight - Designer
Vectorworks is my drafting software preference for light plots, scenic layouts and 3D technical drawings.  I currently utilize and teach version 2010  Link to Vectorworks spotlight site:  
AutoDesk VIZ 3D Visualization
I utilize this software to develop and create virtual designs concetrating on 3D modeling, surfaces and lighting. Link to VIZ overview :

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