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MFA, Theater Design: University of Houston
BFA, Theater: Southwestern University 


Schlief is an assistant professor of scenic design at Colorado Mesa University. He has designed scenery, lighting and/or projections for TUTS Underground, Horsehead Theatre Co., Creede Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Flatlands Dance Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, as well as the COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad.

In 2012, Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and in 2013 received the Broadway World Best of Houston Award for his Lighting Design of Sweeney Todd. He has also received four KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

He has taught, designed, lectured and provided master classes at Texas Tech University, The University of Houston, Rice University and Oklahoma City University, as well as numerous USITT conventions.

During the past 15 years, Matt has designed more than 125 different productions, from a variety of theatres both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Matt was accepted to have a Site Specific Performance at the Prague Quadrennial 2019.

Matthew Schlief's curriculum vitae