Matt Saunders
Matt Saunders is a 2014 Pew Fellow, a scenic designer, and a creator of new performance work based in Philadelphia. Matt is a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-Winning, experimental theatre company, New Paradise Laboratories. He has been involved in the creation of all of NPL’s work through both scenic design and performance. This work has included The Fab 4 Reach the Pearly Gates, performed at P.S. 122 in NYC as well as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Prom, a co-production with the Tony Award-Winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and BATCH, at the 2007 Humana Festival for New American Plays at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Most recently for NPL, Matt co-created and designed Fatebook, which was selected for the United States’ professional pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial 2011. Outside of NPL, Matt has designed over eighty shows for such companies as, The Walnut St. Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, 1812 Productions, Headlong Dance Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Wilma Theater. Mr Saunders holds an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama, and is the Assistant Professor of Design in the Department of Theater at Swarthmore College.