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Matthew J Evans

Lecturer; Technical Director of Boll Theatre

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre


Email: Matthew J Evans
Phone: 937-229-3834


  • B.A., Theatre Arts, Teikyo Marycrest University


Matthew is the Boll Theatre Manager, Technical Director, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer and Lecturer for the Theatre Program. He 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 Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and has worked in professional theatre since graduating. He was involved in more than 60 productions from 1996 to 2010 at LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio as the Production Manager, Technical Director, Set Designer and Scenic Artist.

Matthew continues to work professionally, collaborating with many regional theatre companies across the country including: DCDC (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company) in Dayton, Ohio, Opera Saratoga (AKA Lake George Opera) in Saratoga Springs, New York, The Barter Theatre in Abingdon Virginia, The University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Wisconsin, Circa 21 Playhouse in Rock Island, Illinois, Enchanted Hill’s Playhouse in Nappanee, Indiana, Sorg Opera in Middletown, Ohio, Horse Feather’s and Applesauce Theatre in Winfield Kansas, and Ghostlight Theatre Inc. in Davenport, IA.

Matthew is active in KCACTF Region III (the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) and is a member of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology).

Faculty Perspective

"The University of Dayton is an outstanding university in that it provides high quality, well-rounded, undergraduate opportunities in performance, dance and performance technology.  As a lecturer at the University of Dayton, I am able to pursue a rewarding career in technical theatre. From teaching Engineering for the Performing Arts to engineering students, theatre students and students with the curiosity of what we do in the theatre, I am able to help students gain a better understanding of our industry and apply it to whatever they do in life." 

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