CURRICULUM VITAE

D. Matthew Kizer    May 1, 2011

Associate Professor of Theatre Design and Technology

Office:     MSC 37 • Plymouth State University • Plymouth,  NH 03264

mkizer@mail.plymouth.edu • (603)535-2385 • www.scenicandlighting.com

EDUCATION:

1995       M.F.A.   The Ohio State University, Design

1992       B.A.        Purdue University, Theatre

 

EMPLOYMENT:

2001 - Present      Associate Professor, Department of Music and Theatre, Plymouth State College

2003 - 2004          Faculty Lighting Designer, Operafestival di Roma

1996 - 2001          Assistant Professor, Department of Music and Theatre, Plymouth State College

2000-2002            Scenic Designer, Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH

1996-2002            Technical Director/Designer for Kearsarge Arts Theatre, NH

1996                       Visiting Professor, Randolph Macon Woman�s College, Department of Theatre

1995                       Design Assistant to Alison Ford, Concord, NH

1995                       Technical Director, White River Theatre Festival, White River Junction, VT

1992-1995            Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, Department of Theatre

 

TEACHING AREAS/INTERESTS: 

Scenic design, lighting design, projections design and technology, sound design, stagecraft, interior decoration, drafting, computer-aided drafting and modeling, computer animation, web design, props, scene painting

 

RESEARCH AREAS/INTERESTS: 
Sustainable Theatre:   Examining the way in which the theatre industry works, specifically as it relates to my own areas of expertise.  This includes finding ways to reuse materials, reduce waste, and reduce use of electricity and expendable items in theatrical lighting.

Projections for the performing arts:   Projection, meaning the creation of images using light, is a hugely under-developed field in the entertainment industry.   It is typically viewed as being prohibitively expensive and complicated, or is undertaken under the erroneous assumption that it is as simple as plugging in a slide projector.    I focus on non-traditional applications of light in production.  The technological side of this includes the physics of light, the technology of lamps,  lumens, lenses, photometrics, photography, computerized data projection, and electronics.  The artistic side of this includes the history of stage effects using such methods and the integration of light with performance.   The overall application of this development has been to make high-quality projections both feasible and reliable in a production environment without grossly heightened expenditures.    

 

Computer aided design and modeling: I have worked at developing a system of design wherein all components of the final package are generated on computer in an holistic manner.  The components of a scenic design package, for example, include a variety of types of drafting which detail the entire set and all of its components in scale with notes and measurements.  It includes frontal depictions of every piece of scenery in color, and it includes a three-dimensional depiction of the final product as intended.  By integrating a variety of methods and software, a photo-realistic rendering can be produced which can be automatically updated by changing a single detail in one part of the total package.


HTML based aids for teaching and production: Communication is the primary necessity for both of these aspects of theatre.  Hyper-text markup language is an invaluable tool in this respect.  I have developed web-based stage management aids, and advising tools for the Theatre program. I have used the Internet to post complete design packages, and have built HTML driven classroom aids.


REFEREED/INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

Guest Scenic and Lighting Designer,  Auburn University, 2011
Guest Lecturer, Projections for the Performing Arts, Auburn University, 2011
Projection Media Design, The Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre at DSHA, Milwaukee, WI, 2011
Guest Lecturer/Presenter, Theatrical Design; Merrimack Valley High School, 2008.
All New England Drama Festival (2006), Gilford High School.  Colleen Mannion, Chair of event.
                Projections for the Performing Arts Workshop
Mail to the Chief (2000), Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage)  Washington, D.C. Directed by Trish Lindberg, Kearsarge Arts Theatre.  Contribution: Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Projections Design.

Projection Workshop,  Saint Louis University Theatre (March 2000).  Hosted by Dr. Mark Landis and Professor Cristina Markham.

High Tech Done Low, (March, 2000), Panel Discussion, United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference, Denver, CO.

What I Never Learned in College, (March 1994), Panel Discussion, United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference.  Nashville, TN.

 

NON-REFEREED PRESENTATIONS:

 

New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild, hosted by Plymouth State College Theatre Program

          2010   Lighting Design (1 sessions), Scenic Art (1 sessions), Projections for the Performing Arts (2 Sessions)

          2009   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2 sessions), Projections for the Performing Arts (2 Sessions)

          2008   Scenic Design (1 session), Scenic Art (2 sessions), Projections for the Performing Arts (2 Sessions)

          2007   Scenic and Lighting Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2 sessions)
          2006   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (1 session)
          2005   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (1 session)
          2004   Lighting Design (2 sessions)

          2003   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2 sessions), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          2002   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          2001   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          2000   Lighting Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2 sessions), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          1999   Scenic Design (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2 sessions), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          1998   Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2), Scenic Art (2), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          1997   Projections for the Performing Arts (2 sessions), Scenic Art (2), Careers in Theatre (1 session)

          1996   Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2), Scenic Art (2), Careers in Theatre (1 session

 


HONORS AND AWARDS:
2009           Top five finalists, International Shed of the Year, Design Competition (United Kingdom)

2008           Nominated for Best Scenic Design NH Theatre Awards: All Shook Up at Papermill Theatre
                    This production was also nominated for six other awards.

2002           Moss Heart Award for A You and Me World (2002), Directed by Trish Lindberg. 

    Contribution: Scenic Design, Projections Design.

2000           Moss Heart Award for Strega Nona Meets Her Match (January 2000), by Tomie dePaola; Directed by
    Trish Lindberg; Educational Theatre Collaborative. Contribution: Scenic Design.

1992-95     Teaching Assistantship, The Ohio State University.

 

CONSULTATION:
2005       Technology Grant, Goffstown High School Theatre Program

2004       Computer Aided Design Consultant for Department of Theatre and Dance, University of New Hampshire
2001       Lighting Consultant, theatre renovation, Lake Region High School, Bridgport, ME.

1999       Lighting Consultant, lighting renovation, Lake Region High School, Bridgport, ME.

1999       Lighting and Sound consultant, Bernice A. Ray School, Hanover, NH.

1996       Architectural lighting renovation, James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION:

 

Member, New England Theatre Conference, 1996 to 2000

Conferences attended:                             1999        Killington, VT                         1997        Worcester, MA

1998        Hartford, CT                           1996        Providence, RI

 

Member, The United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 1993 to present.

 
2011       Serving as social networking chair for the International Activities committee,  created a domain and an
                online forum for the same committee to hold discussion.  <http://www.usitt-international.net/>

1999       Redesigned, expanded, and engineered a comprehensive web site for The Institute.  Included extensive collaboration with Normand Bouchard, University Theatre, University of Calgary.  Also required several generations of revisions as it was reviewed by the USITT Board of Directors.

USITT <http://www.usitt.org>

 

Commission memberships within The Institute:  Lighting Design Commission, Education Commission.

 

Committee Memberships within The Institute:
Current:  International Activities Committee
Past:  Student Liaison Committee, Inter-commission Liaison Committee for Computer Applications.
     

 

Conferences attended:
                                2011       Charlotte, NC      

2000       Denver, Colorado                                                1995       Las Vegas, Nevada

1999       Toronto, Ontario                                                 1994       Nashville, Tennessee

1997       Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania                                   1993       Wichita, Kansas


OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY/SERVICE

 

Selected post-graduate production work:

 

Papermill Theatre (Lincoln, NH)
2010               Scenic Design: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, directed by Kate Arecchi
                        Scenic Design: Altar Boyz,  directed by Kevin Hill
                        Scenic Design: Spelling Bee, directed by Jonathon Flom
2009               Scenic Design: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, directed by Kevin Hill
                        Scenic Design: You’er a Good Man, Charlie Brown, directed by Kate Arecchi
                        Scenic Design: On the Town, directed by Kevin Hill
2008               Scenic Design: All Shook Up, directed by Michael Susko
                        Scenic Design: Forever Plaid, directed by Sean McGuirk
                        Scenic Design: The Full Monty, directed by Kate Arecchi

2007               Scenic Design and projections: Seussical the Musical, directed by Kevin Hill
                        Scenic Design and projections: West Side Story, directed by Kate Arecchi
Dance Designs (Hyannis, MA)
2007               Lighting Design and projections: Annual OnStage Recital.  Directed by Susan Friedman
Operafestival di Roma (Rome, Italy)
2004               Lighting Design: The Magic Flute, directed by Louisa Panou
2003               Lighting Design:  L'elisir di amore, directed by Louisa Panou

        Barnstormers Playhouse, NH

        2002               Scenic Design: Lettice and Lovage, directed by Dan Rubinate

Scenic Design: Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Dan Rubinate

2001               Scenic Design: Abigail�s Party, directed by Cope Murray

                        Scenic Design: Taking Steps, directed by Sharon Lajoie

                        Scenic Design: Ernest in Love, directed by Frank Wells

2000               Scenic Design: The Caretaker, directed by Dan Rubinate.

Scenic Design: The Happy Time, directed by Frank Wells.

The Bell Center, Rochester, NH

2000               Scenic Design: Oliver, directed by Danielle Howard

Kearsarge Arts Theatre:
2006               Scenic Design, projections, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Trish Lindberg
2005               Scenic Design, Seussical the Musical, directed by Trish Lindberg

2004               Scenic Design, Projections: Mail to the Chief, directed by Trish Lindberg
2003               Scenic Design, Projections: Cinderella, directed by Trish Lindberg
2002               Scenic Design, Projections:  A You and Me World, directed by Trish Lindberg
2001               Scenic Design, Lighting Design: Ananse the Spiderman, directed by Trish Lindberg

2000               Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Projections: Mail to the Chief, directed by Trish Lindberg.

Design Consultant: Quilters, directed by Robb Dimmick.

Design Consultant: What America Means to Me, directed by Robb Dimmick.

1999               Scenic Design: Oliver, directed by Trish Lindberg.

1998               Lighting Design, Technical Director: Hailstones and Halibut Bones, directed by Trish Lindberg.

Scenic Design, Lighting Design: The World Goes �Round, directed by Robb Dimmick

1997               Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Technical Director: Dreamcatchers, directed by Trish Lindberg.

Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Technical Director: Babes in Arms, dir. by R. Dimmick.              

1996               Scenic Design, Lighting Design. Technical Director: Into the Woods, directed by Robb Dimmick.

Technical Director, Lighting Design: Alice in Wonderland, directed by Trish Lindberg.              

Educational Theatre Collaborative, NH (Trish Lindberg, director)
2006               Scenic Design, projections, Beauty and the Beast
2005               Scenic Design, projections, Seussical the Musical

2004               Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Ananse the Spiderman and the Golden Box of Stories

2003               Scenic Design, projections:  Mail to the Chief

2002               Scenic Design, projections and video: Cinderella

2002               Scenic Design, projections and video: Frindle  (world premiere)

2001               Lighting Design: The Sound of Music

2000               Scenic Design: Strega Nona Meets her Match

1998               Scenic Design: The Wizard of Oz

1997               Scenic Design: Oliver

White River Theatre Festival, VT

1995               Technical Director, Lighting Designer: The Glass Menagerie, directed by Dennis Delaney.

Technical Director: Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Stephen Legawiec

Technical Director: Shirley Valentine, directed by Kenneth Mitchell

Technical Director: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, dir. by Michael Friedman.

The Ohio State University

1995               Lighting Design: The Country Wife, directed by Stephen Hollis

1994               Scenic Design: Inspecting Carol, directed by Steven Anderson

1994               Scenic Design: The Imaginary Invalid, directed by Phil Kilbourne

1993               Scenic Design: Reckless, directed by Kathleen Conlin

1994               Lighting Design: Zora: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston, directed by Anthony Hill

1993               Lighting Design: Eleemosynary, directed by Phil Kilbourne

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES:

DEPARTMENT SERVICE:

 

Departmental Production Work:
2010-2011            Lighting Design: Still Life With Iris, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                                Lighting Design: Little Women, directed by Sharon Paquette
                                Scenic Design: Chicago, directed by Kevin Hill
                                Scenic Design:  The Seagull, directed by Paul Mroczka
2009-2010            Lighting Design:  Faculty Dance Concert, produced by Amanda Whitworth
                                Scenic Design, Oklahoma!, directed by Paul Mroczka
                                Scenic Design, Rhinoceros, directed by Kevin Gardner
                                Lighting Design, Company, directed by Morgan Murphy
                                Lighting Design, Marat/Sade, directed by Sharon Lajoie
2008-2009            Lighting Design:  Faculty Dance Concert, produced by Amanda Whitworth
                                Scenic Design, The Robber Bridegroom, directed by Paul Mroczka
                                Scenic Design and Lighting Design, Metamorphoses, directed by Kevin Gardner
                                Scenic Design and Lighting Design, Reckless, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                                Scenic Design, Iolanthe, directed by Kathleen Arecchi

2007-2008            Lighting Design, Projections:  Faculty Dance Concert, produced by Amanda Whitworth
                                Master Painter: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Clayton Phillips.
                                Scenic Design and Lighting Design, Projections, A Midsummer Night�s Dream, dir. by C. Nesbitt
                                Lighting Design, Projections, The Spitfire Grill, directed by Neil Pankhurst.
                                Lighting Design:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Fall Concert, directed by Amanda Whitworth
                                Scenic Design Projections, Into the Woods, directed by Clayton Phillips
                                Lighting Design, Fifth of July, directed by Paul Mroczka
                                Projections:  The Greatest Generation, Symph Band Concert, Prod. & Conducted by G.  Corcoran

2006-2007            Lighting Design, Projections:  Faculty Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers
                                Scenic Design, Anything Goes, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                                Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Projections, The Blue Room, directed by Heather Hamilton
                                Lighting Design, Projections:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Fall Concert, dir. by Joan Wiegers
                                Lighting Design, Scenic Coordinator, The Trojan Women, directed by Paul Mroczka
                                Scenic Design, Urinetown: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                                Lighting Design, Projections:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Spring Concert, directed
2005-2006            Lighting Design, Projections:  Faculty Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers
                                Scenic Design, Projections: Guys and Dolls, directed by Paul Mroczka
                                Lighting Design: Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                                Lighting Design: Antigone, directed by Heather Hamilton
                                Scenic Design, Lighting Design: Cabaret, directed by Kate Arecchi
                                Lighting Design, Projections:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, directed by Joan Wiegers
2004-2005            Lighting Design, Projections:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Projections, Design Advisor:  A Celtic Odyssey, Symphonic Band Concert, Cond. by G. Corcoran

                Scenic Charge: City of Angels, directed by Kate Arecchi
                Scenic Design: The Ghost Sonata, directed by John Briggs
                Lighting Design, Winter Extravaganza Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers
                Scenic Design: The IT Girl, directed by Kathleen Arecchi
                Scenic Charge, Design Advisor: The Art of Dining, directed by Elizabeth Cox
                Scenic Design, projections and video: You�re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, dir. by H. Hamilton

2003-2004                            Projections, Design Advisor:  Black Box Madness, student directors

Scenic Design, Design Advisor:  Sweeney Todd, directed by Kate Arecchi
Lighting Design, Winter Fantasia Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers
Lighting Design, Design Advisor:  True West, directed by Heather Hamilton
Lighting Design, Faculty Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers

2002-2003            Design, Projections:  Contemporary Dance Ensemble, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Scenic and Lighting Design: In-sight, directed by Robin Marcotte

                                Scenic Design, projections and video: Carousel, directed by Kate Arecchi

                                Lighting Design, Winter Fantasia Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Scenic Design, projections and video: A New Brain, directed by Elizabeth Cox

                                Scenic Design: The Crucible, directed by Kevin Gardner

                                Set and Lighting Design: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, dir. by S. Lajoie

2001-2002            Lighting Design: Springfest, various student directors

                                Scenic Design: She Loves Me, directed by Kathleen Arecchi

                                Lighting Design, Winter Fantasia Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Scenic Design: The Bard and Broadway, directed by Kathleen Arecchi

                                Scenic Design: As You Like It, directed by Kevin Gardner

2000-2001            Scenic and Lighting Design, projections: A Little Night Music, directed by Kathleen Arecchi

                                Scenic and Lighting Design: The Investigation, directed by Paul Mroczka (forthcoming) .

                                Lighting Design, Winter Fantasia Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Scenic Design: You Can’t Take It With You, directed by Kevin Gardner.

                                Design Advisor: Starting Here , Starting Now, directed by Bob Lewandowski.

1999-2000            Scenic Design: The Secret Garden, directed by Elizabeth Cox.

                                Lighting Design: Winter Fantasia, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Faculty Dance Premier.

                                Lighting Design, Winter Fantasia Dance Concert, directed by Joan Wiegers

                                Scenic Design and Design Advisor: Quilters, directed by Elizabeth Cox..

                                Design Advisor and Scenic Artist: Macbeth, directed by Kevin Gardner.

1998-1999            Lighting Design: Illyria, directed by John R, Briggs.

                                Design Advisor: Eleemosynary, directed by John R, Briggs.

                                Lighting Design: Contemporary Dance Ensemble (fall and spring).

                                Design Advisor: Three One Act Operas, various student directors.

                                Lighting Design: Springfest, various student directors.

                                Scenic Design: Noises Off, directed by Elizabeth Cox.

1997-1998            Scenic Design: Into the Woods, directed by Morgan Murphy.

                                Scenic Design: The Clouds, directed by Kevin Gardner.

                                Scenic Design, Lighting Design: The Diviners, directed by Elizabeth Cox.

                                Lighting Design: Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

                                Scenic Design: Tommy, directed by Paul Mroczka.

1996-1997            Scenic Design, Lighting Design: Ah, Wilderness!, directed by John R. Briggs.

                                Lighting Design: Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

                                Design Advisor, A Grand Night for Singing, directed by Kevin Asselin.

                                Senic Design: Four Baboon's Adoring the Sun, directed by Bob Shea.

                                Design Advisor: Baby, directed by Morgan Murphy.

                                Scenic Design, Lighting Design: The Lady’s Not for Burning, directed by John R. Briggs.

 

Other Department Service:
2010                       Promotion and Tenure Committee
2008                       Formally documented the criteria for Promotion and Tenure standards for PSU Dept

2005                       Consulted with architects and SCAC towards the redesign of the Studio Theatre Audience Seating

2003-2009            Established and continue to build a system of web-based tools to serve departmental needs.

2003                       Lighting Coordinator for American College Dance Festival.

1998-2009            Juror, entrance auditions and interviews for incoming majors, annual juries for all majors.

1996-2009            Juror, Talent Grant auditions.

1997-2005            Faculty Advisor to Plymouth Players.

1996- 2009           Annually and formally prepare students for interviews with Graduate Schools as is appropriate, also for the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

1996-2002            Production Photographer for all Theatre and selected Dance productions.

1996-2002            Webmaster for Department of Music, Theatre, & Dance < http://www.plymouth.edu/psc/music/theatre/>

1996-2000            Season Brochures for Theatre, Music Theatre Company and Dance, and Department.

1999-                     Departmental Resource Provider for Adjunct Lecturers.

1997                       Established formal guidelines for guest designers of The Music Theatre Company.
Formally introduced practicum support by Theatre for the same.

1997                       Obtained Computer Advisory Board Funding to establish a Computerized Design Lab in Silver.

1997                       Created an inventory of lighting instruments, obtained a dimming system, and supplied sound equipment for the Acting Studio in Silver, creating a Laboratory Theatre for student work.

 

COLLEGE SERVICE:

 2011                      Web Development Committee for PSU

2004-2006            Curriculum Committee

1998-2002            Communication Studies Council.

1998-1999            Dean’s Advisory Board on Technology.

2000                       Designed and Established General Education Web Site.

1999-2000            Chair, General Education Committee.

1998-2000            General Education Committee.

1998-1999            Executive Council.

 

OUTREACH:
2011                       Launched a national sustainability initiative for theatre production called GreenTheatre.net.
                                This is a web-based initiative with a committee of theatre professionals from around the country.
                                This includes an online classifieds system for reusing scenic materials, a discussion forum for
                                sustainability and committee discussion.

2008-2011            Served as President for Friends of the Arts Regional Arts Council
                                -Established a workable, budget with a surplus in a year when economic factors are

                depleting non-profit funding everywhere.
                                -Served as co-chair for the 24th Annual Art Show on the Common in Plymouth
                                - Assisted the Executive Director to coordinate a presentation of The Magic Flute  by
                                the Boston Lyric Opera.   
                                - Conducted a two-day workshop with community students at the Pemi-Youth Center to created a
                                24’ x  12’ mural community. 
                                - Coordinated an outdoor Past and Future concert at the Riverside Park on May 9. 
2007 (Dec)            Elected President of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Arts Regional Council
2006                       Elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Arts
2006                       Established a franchise business which provides in-home care (Comfort Keepers). 
                                This business serves  over 63 towns in central New Hampshire, is a member of the Alzheimer’s
                                foundation of America, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the Waterville Valley Chamber  
                                of Commerce.
2006                       New England Drama Festival, workshop host

1996-2004            Design and maintenance of an intensive web site for the Theatre Program.  The focus of the site was recruitment.    

1996-                     New England Theatre Guild, annual conference and workshops at Silver Hall.

1996-                     New England Theatre Conference, attend annual conferences and host a booth and display for Plymouth State College.

1998                       Scenic Design for Chamber Singers tour of England.

1997                       Chamber Singers tour of England. Included Set design for Circle Round the Sun.

1999                     Advised PSC student designers on lighting and scenery for Little Shop of Horrors at The Holderness School.

1998                     Designed and executed scenery for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at The Holderness School; advised PSC student lighting designer.