Professor of Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology
BA, Indiana-Purdue University; MFA, Ohio State University
Matt Kizer lives with his wife and son in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He is the resident scenic and lighting designer for Plymouth State University, where he has been the head of the design and technology program in Theatre since 1996.
He is a regular designer for Papermill Theatre, a regional company in Lincoln, NH. He has designed for the Educational Theatre Collaborative, which produces both traditional and original musicals. He has designed for Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT) Company in New London, a childrens’ theatre company, also specializing in new works, including A You and Me World, which was awarded the Moss Hart Award for Children’s Theatre. Mail to the Chief, was invited for performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He serves as a regular guest designer for Auburn University in Alabama. He served as faculty lighting designer for Operafestival Di Roma in Italy, where he designed lighting for L’elisir di amore and The Magic Flute, both produced with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in central Rome. He has designed for dance and movement in Potsdam, Germany at T-Werk in Schiffbauergasse with A-Fortiorni. He has designed for Barnstormers Theatre, White River Theatre Festival in Vermont, and for dance companies, theatres, and colleges in New England, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana.
He holds a BA in Theatre from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Design from The Ohio State University.