Matthew Schlief is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Texas Tech University. He was previously
the Production Manager for the Rice Theatre Program as well as Lecturer in Theatrical
Design (Scenic & Lighting). Before Rice, Matt was an Assistant Professor of Communications
and served as the Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Designer at Augusta State University
in Augusta, GA. He has also been an instructor at St. John's School, Mt. Pleasant
High School, Klein High School, and the University of Houston.
Matt received his BFA in Theatre from Southwestern University, and his MFA in Scenic and Lighting Design from the University of Houston. Outside of academia, Matt is a Company Member of Horsehead Theatre Co., Resident Designer for Generations A Theatre Co. and Classical Theatre Co., and has designed for Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, City Dance Company, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Brave Dog Theatre. In 2012 Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Over the past 14 years, Matt's design credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Our Town, MacBeth, Miss Julie, Tartuffe, Spring Awakening, Art, Forever Plaid, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Urban Cowboy, True West, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, Full Monty, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hecuba, No Exit, Cats, Odd Couple, Evita, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Dr. Faustus, Harvey, Geurnica, The Music Man, Arcadia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, The Robber Bridegroom, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Chorus Line, Funny Girl, Ramona Quimby, Hello Dolly, Sweet Charity, Box Office of the Damned Part II, Top Girls, Chi, Steel Magnolias, Reckless, Miss Saigon, Private Eyes, Stop Kiss, The Threepenny Opera, Antigone, Twelfth Night, Pericles, Ruthless, The Bug, Noises Off, Ghosts, Among the Thugs, and many other performances and events.
MFA University of Houston
BFA Southwestern University