Matthew P. Benjamin is a professor of theater and the resident lighting designer for Wright States University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. He has been a proud member of the Design and Technology Area faculty since 1998. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829, Lighting Design and the International Alliance of Lighting Designers.
Matthew has designed lighting for a wide variety of genres, including opera, ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre, drama, business/corporate theatre, and casino productions, as well as concert lighting for The Doobie Brothers and other national recording artists. He is also a theatrical consultant to educational programs and professional organizations, having recently designed lighting systems for a tap room, a municipal library, and a new performing arts center.
He is an active freelance designer whose professional credits include seven seasons as the resident lighting designer for the Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy, along with design work for Luna Negra Dance Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, Aspen Music Festival, TriCities Opera, Muse Machine, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Opera at Florham, New Horizon Theater Company, South Jersey Regional Theater, Little Theater of the Rockies, Children’s Ballet Theater of New Jersey, Taj Mahal Casino, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Opera, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Eastern Regional Emmy Awards, among others.
In addition to his lighting work, Matthew has worked internationally and nationally as a production manager and sound designer. He has also taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, University of Cincinnati, and the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts.
His former students can be found working as associate and assistant lighting designers with Broadway designers, such as Ken Posner, Paul Gallo, Ken Billington, and Natasha Katz. They are working with numerous Cirque du Soliel and Blue Man Group productions. They have been on the road with the national tours of Spring Awakening, Rent, My Fair Lady, and many others. They have toured with numerous national recording groups, including Motorhead, Justin Moore, and The Band Perry. They are working for LEX Products, Vincent Lighting Systems, and Mainlight Industries.
Matthew received his M.F.A. in theatrical design and production from the University of Cincinnati (College Conservatory of Music). GO, Bearcats!!! His B.F.A. in lighting design is from the North Carolina School of the Arts. GO, Pickles!!! And, no, that is not a typo.
M.F.A in Theatrical Design: University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music