Matthew Jackson (B.A. in Theatre - UC Riverside, M.F.A. in Stage Management - UC Irvine) has worked all over Southern California as a stage and production manager, technician, consultant, actor, and director with companies like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Culture Clash, Bunim-Murray Productions, The Actors' Fund, Orange County School of the Arts, and Opera Pacific.
Some of Matthew's past stage management projects include Orfeo ed Eurydice, Twelfth Night, Take Me Out, Little Shop of Horrors, Escape from Happiness, The Women, and Proof, as well as world premieres of several choreographic works. He was the show caller for Sean Penn’s CORE Gala in 2020 hosted by Conan O’Brien and featuring Portugal. The Man. His favorite past stage management role was as Assistant Stage Manager for Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl in July of 2017. As a production manager he has worked with Independent Shakespeare Company of Los Angeles on their Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival and with Oaken Anchor on their activations at San Diego Comic-Con.
At CSUN he has stage managed the operas Die Fledermaus and Carmen and the TYA touring production of Night Light. He serves as a mentor to stage managers on all department productions each year and is the coordinator of the Theatre Student Ambassador program, the advisor to the Theatre Guild club, and the Theatre Department’s faculty liaison for KCACTF Region VIII. He also oversees all of Production Participation for the department.
Matthew has taught courses or guest lectured at Chapman University, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, CSU Long Beach, and Mount San Antonio College and has presented on topics like stage management, careers in the arts, and faculty development at USITT and in cities around the country.
Before coming to CSUN, Matthew was the Assistant Production Manager of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine working with their Drama, Music, Dance, and Art departments. He stage manages for two Orange County-based dance companies: The Wooden Floor (most recently at REDCAT in downtown L.A.) and Backhausdance, the latter of which he accompanied to Vernon, BC for their Canadian debut in 2013 and to New York City for their debut at the Joyce Theater in 2018 – and is now their Director of Production.
In his free time, he enjoys going to baseball games, experiencing live theatre, and spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and their dog.