Matthew Cohen

Overview

Professional Overview: 

MATTHEW COHEN serves as Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the St. Mary’s Theatre Program as well as Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts.
He received his MFA in Theatre Management from UCLA and completed additional graduate studies in Lighting Design with Gil Hemsley at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Joan Arhelger at San Francisco State University.
Matthew began his career at 19 at McCarter Theatre under the tutelage of John Lithgow. Upon graduating college he became production stage manager for Berkeley Repertory Theatre and later Production Manager and Associate Producer. Matthew left Berkeley Rep after eight years to become the first Executive Director of the New Performance Gallery (now ODC Performance Gallery). At New Performance Gallery, he presented the first Bay Area performances of the Mark Morris Group, Susan Marshall, and Douglas Dunn, among others.
As an independent producer, he brought Bill Irwin’s REGARD OF FLIGHT to the stage, which was presented across the United States and seen on PBS Great Performances.

He has designed lighting for Shotgun Players, Marin Theatre Company, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea, Orquestra Juvenil de El Salvador, and the Douglas Morrison Theatre, among others.

In 2007, Matthew established the Lighting Artists in Dance (LAD) awards whose mission is to provide funds for innovate lighting/dance projects in the Bay Area. In the last eight years, the program has awarded $80,000 through Dancers Group.

Department: 
School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Theatre
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Education

M.F.A., Theatre Management, UCLA, 1980
B.A., Theatre Arts, Beloit College, cum laude 1972
Graduate Studies, Directing, UW, Madison, 1973-74
Graduate Studies, Lighting, SF State, 2005-6

Professional Experience

DESIGN EXPERIENCE (Selected)

2011
June in A Box Rebecca Engle, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Imaginary Invalid Reid Davis, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Rent Greg Fritsch, Dir. Notre Dame de Namur Univ
El Teatro de Danza
Contemporanea (TDC) Miya Hisaka, Chor. Georgetown University
Frost/Nixon Marilyn Langbehn Douglas Morrison Theatre

2010
Angels in America Reid Davis, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
I Love A Piano Michael Ryken, Dir. Douglas Morrison Theatre
Chicago Greg Fritsch, Dir. Notre Dame de Namur Univ
Sera Rebecca Engle, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Seagull in the Hamptons Reid Davis, Dir. Shotgun Players
El Teatro de Danza
Contemporanea (TDC) Miya Hisaka, Chor. Dance Place, D.C.

2009
Magic Flute Greg Fritsch, Dir. Notre Dame de Namur Univ
Mrs. Dalloway’s
Party Delia MacDougall, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
TDC Miya Hisaka, Chor. Dance Place, Washington D.C.
Kiss Me Kate Marilyn Langbehn, Dir. Douglas Morrison Theatre
Hair Jeff Teague, Dir. Alameda Civic Light Opera
Dialogues
of the Carmelites Greg Fritsch, Dir. Notre Dame de Namur Univ.
Waitin’ 2 End Hell Stanley Williams, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Sweeney Todd Reid Davis, Dir. St. Mary’s College

2008
Suor Angelica Greg Fritsch, Dir. Notre Dame de Namur Univ.
Abundance Rebecca Engle, Dir. St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Vera Wilde Maya Gurantz, Dir. Shotgun Players
West Side Story Jeff Teague, Dir. Alameda Civic Light Opera
Don Pasquale Phil Lowery, Dir. Napa Valley Opera House
Roberto Devereux Andrew Morgan, Dir. Florence Gould Theatre, SF

2007
Black Nativity Stanley Williams, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
TDC Miya Hisaka, Chor. Dance Place
The Bluest Eye Walter Dallas, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Chateau La Roach Julia McNeal, Dir. Marin Theatre Co. Conservatory
Joe Turner’s
Come & Gone Stanley Williams, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Grease Christina Lazo, Dir. Musical Theatre Works
Bricktop Tom Jones, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
TDC Miya Hisaka, Chor. Gonda Theatre, Georgetown Univ.

2006
The Karamazovs Bill Peters, Dir. Little Theatre, SFSU
Debbie Does Dallas Eli Newsom, Dir. Eureka Theatre, San Francisco
Music Man Christina Lazo, Dir. Musical Theatre Works
Stopped by to
See the Man Stanley Williams, Dir. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
TDC Miya Hisaka, Chor. Cowell Theatre, San Francisco
Oliver Ryan O’Donnell, Dir. Marin Theatre Co. Conservatory

Courses Taught

Technical Theatre Practicum
Vectorworks Lab
Lighting 3, MFA Dance Program
Creating Theatre for Young Adults