Instructor Scenic Technology & Scene Shop Supervisor

Matthew McCarren



Matthew is a freelance scenographer specializing in designs for black box, thrust and found spaces. Matthew currently serves as the Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director for Cleveland Opera Theatre, and as the scene shop supervisor and teaching artist for Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Nationally, Matt’s designs have been featured at Mile SquareTheatre, Actors Episcopal Guild NYC, Helen Mills Theatre NYC, 59E59 NYC, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, P45 Theatre Co.,Thingamajig Theatre Co, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Theatre Alliance D.C., Arts West and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Internationally Matthew has served as the technical director and resident scenographer for the Oberlin in Italy opera program based in Arezzo, Italy. Matthew’s scenographic designs have been featured internationally at the 2007 Toronto Fringe Festival, the 2007 Prague Quadrennial, in Prague, CZ. and in Arezzo and Cortona, Italy at the ICASTICA Summer Arts Festival (2013-2016). Matthew has lectured as faculty with the University of Wyoming, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Co. and Interlochen Center for the Arts. During summers Matt works in the San Juan mountains of Colorado building custom homes with the RJ Mann Construction company and he also holds a degree in Culinary Arts. Matthew holds an MFA in Design with an emphasis in Czech/Eastern European design from The Ohio State University and has studied in the Czech Republic with scenographers Petr Matsek and Jaroslav Malina.


MFA, Scenic + Lighting Design
The Ohio State University

BA, Theater + English
Wilmington College