Over the past seventeen years, Matt has worked on hundreds of major projects including large national and international concert tours, major themed attractions, touring theatre productions, television shows, as well as large corporate events and trade show booths. Matt’s lighting has been seen all around the world by millions of people.
Matt got his start in lighting in his hometown of Jacksonville Florida, working in local nightclubs and concert halls. He eventually made his way to Orlando Florida after accepting a position at the new House of Blues venue. Shortly after that he accepted a position with Disney’s new theme park, Animal Kingdom, still staying with House of Blues part time. After Animal Kingdom was up and running Matt was asked to accept a position at Disney’s Pleasure Island where he was part of the redesign crew of Mannequins Dance Palace. From there Matt accepted a job with Christie Lites, which placed him on tour with 3 Doors Down as their Lighting Designer. Matt eventually went freelance which made it possible for him to accept a larger amount of projects ranging from large touring productions to television shows to corporate shows. Since making the freelance jump, Matt has developed quite the list of clients and projects he has been a part of.
Recent concert productions include Motley Crue, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Michael Buble as well as many more.
When Matt is not on tour he likes to stay busy working on conventions and trade shows. His most recent shows include The Alzheimer’s Association, Advocare, Lockheed Martin, and Tech Data to name a few.
As a programmer, Matt contributes to the overall lighting of a project by adding his years of experience and expertise to the show. Matt uses his free time time to learn as much as possible about new consoles and lighting equipment, utilizing his many contacts with local lighting companies to help him stay in front of the ever changing technology in his industry.
Matt was recently honored by his industry peers at the Tour Link Conference by winning the Top Dog Award for Lighting Director / Operator of the year.
Several years ago Matt started learning media servers and after using them on several shows, he decided to buy his own. He now owns 6 Catalyst Media Servers with quite the extensive content library. His Catalysts have controlled the video content on tours such as Motley Crue, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Daughtry, and 3 Doors Down as well as many corporate shows such as The Alzheimer’s Association, Advocare, Tech Data, Luxottica, and many many more.
When Matt does actually take a break he enjoys spending time at home in Florida on his lake with his wife Kerry and children Matt and Emily.