Matthew J Evans

Lecturer; Technical Director of Boll Theatre
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre

Profile

Matthew J. Evans has been working at the University of Dayton since spring 2011 and is honored to be working with so many creative people in the UD community. He specializes in all aspects of production management, scenic design, scenic painting, stagecraft, CADD, audio, lighting, stage management and technical production. As the technical director he oversees the day-to-day operation of Boll Theatre as well as the scene shop in The John F. Kennedy Memorial Union.

Matthew began working in theatre in the seventh grade as an actor and percussionist then eventually as a theatre technician and designer while in college. Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Matthew graduated in 1994 from Teikyo Marycrest University with a BA in Theatre Arts and has worked in professional theatre since graduating. Matthew was involved in over 60 productions from 1996 to 2010 at LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio as production manager, set designer and scenic artist.

Matthew continues to work professionally collaborating with many regional theatre companies across the country including: Opera Saratoga (AKA Lake George Opera) in Saratoga Springs, NY; The Barter Theatre in Abingdon VA; The University of Wisconsin in Platteville, WI; Circa 21 Playhouse in Rock Island, IL; Enchanted Hill's Playhouse in Nappanee, IN; Sorg Opera in Middletown, OH; Horse Feather's and Applesauce Theatre in Winfield KS; and Ghostlight Theatre Inc. in Davenport, IA.

Matthew resides in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Melanie, and their son Camden.

Professional Activities

Matthew is active with The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, serving as a respondent throughout the year.

Selected Shows

Technical Direction for The Barter Theatre, 2010 National Tour, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and edited by Otto Frank.

Scenic Design and Scenic Painting for The University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Beauty and The Beast, by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name.
 
Scenic Design and Scenic Painting for LaComedia Dinner Theatre, Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

Research Interests

  • Scenic Technology
  • Scenic Design
  • Scenic Painting
  • Stage Mechanics
  • Rigging
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Theatrical Lighting