Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet the Faculty: Introducing Matt Thompson!

Matt Thompson teaches DRAMA 109 - Theatre and Social Issues, DRAMA 132 - Beginning Acting and will direct the Festival of New Works in March. 

Professor Thompson is currently the Artistic Director of Point Loma Playhouse. He is also the co-founder and former Co-Artistic Director of New Fortune Theatre and the founding Artistic Director of Compass Theatre.   He served as the Artistic Associate / Education Director of North Coast Repertory Theatre from 2008-2012. He has directed for The La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Point Loma Playhouse, The Road Theatre, Molyneux Theatre, Compass Theatre and others.

Also a playwright, his plays have been published through Dramatic Publishing, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishing, Eldridge Publishing and Norman Maine Publishing respectively. His play Crosses and Stars was commissioned by San Diego Repertory Theatre. The San Diego Hall of Champions Museum  commissioned his one man play Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap which was performed at North Coast Repertory Theatre in 2011.   North Coast Rep also commissioned Mr. Thompson to write an adaptation of The Little Mermaid, an original play about the city of Solana Beach entitled The Perfectly Preposterous Pirate Adventure of Solana Beach! as well as the holiday hit musical Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem! His non-fiction work, Solana Beach, has been published through Arcadia Publishing.

As an actor:  The La Jolla Playhouse (The Grift);  Lambs Players Theatre (West Side Story, Cold Comfort Farm); Moxie Theatre (Dead Man's Cell Phone); North Cost Repertory Theatre (Dracula, A Thousand Clowns, The Odd Couple, Leading Ladies, Don't Dress for Dinner,  Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, Over the Tavern); Cygnet Theatre (Spring Awakening). Television: CSI, Days of Our Lives, Fraiser, Veronica Mars, The Invisible Man, Cover Me, Eighteen Wheels of Justice, Fashion House, and Baywatch.

Matt has an MA from San Diego State University in Theatre Arts and an MFA in English, Creative Writing from UC Riverside. He has taught collegiately at MiraCosta, Southwestern, Mesa, and College of the Desert and has been teaching at San Diego City College since Spring 2014.

We're happy to have Matt teaching for us!

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