The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VII - Meritorious Achievement in Sound Design- Woyzeck
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VII - Runner Up - SDC Directing Fellowship
Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department Awards - Director of the Year
Matthew Jared Lee
Originally hailing from Bolivar Missouri, I received my B.S.Ed in Speech and Theatre Education from Missouri State University, while finishing my degree I had the opportunity to open my first theatre. This was Springfield 2nd Stage, a 150 seat black-box performance space. This became a one-of-a-kind learning experience and playground. After almost two years of working and managing this space while finishing up that degree, I decided to uproot and move somewhere else in search of new audiences. I picked Portland. While in Portland I created a new theatre company The Factory Theatre. Also during my tenure in Portland, I continued my education and received an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Portland, all the while having the privilege to work alongside some amazing artists, theatres, and companies. Now I find myself doing it all again in Detroit, MI currently working on another M.F.A in Theatre Management. I aspire in my work to capture elements that theatre does better than other art forms. While the story is always the driver of any piece of performance, I want to explore those stories in ways that theatre is uniquely positioned to do so. I look for opportunities to remind the audience and myself that theatre is an event to be witnessed. It’s an event where we're all participants. It attacks our senses; it moves us instinctually, intellectually, and emotionally (preferably in that order). I want to explore in my work the space between the action on stage and the spectators in the seats. I want to push what is possible in these spaces. What we see during a performance could not have happened without us there and it will never happen again. It is more than the fact that it is a live performance, it’s the fact that we have all gathered, audience and performers together to bear witness.