Henry Matthiessen – Technical Director

PCPA (Since 2016) Carpentry Intern: Beauty and the Beast, You Can’t Take It With You, The Whipping Man, Lend Me a Tenor; Scene Shop Supervisor: Newsies, Twelfth Night, Freaky Friday; Assistant Technical Director: The Crucible, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Arcadia, Peter Pan; Technical Director: Shakespeare in Love, The Wolves, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Million Dollar Quartet, Addam’s Family, Importance of Being Earnest

Other Theatres: Illinois Wesleyan, Scene Shop Supervisor; Prairie Fire Theatre, Technical Director; Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Master Carpenter.


Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in teaching important life skills through the medium of theatre. Theatre is not always the right path for everyone, but the lessons taught here can be applied to more than just theatre.

My teaching philosophy is that all complex topics can be broken down into simple fundamental ideas. These fundamental ideas are what help us solve some of life’s challenges. I believe in teaching these fundamentals through the medium of theatre. While it is important to know how to build a flat, I find it is more important for a student to know how to read a tape measure. Generating a cut list is critical for the success of the project but knowing how to add and subtract fractions is much more critical for success in a student’s in life.

 As an instructor, I believe in fostering an environment to nurture a student’s personal growth and strengthening their passion and desire for success. I want to make sure that when a student leaves this program, they have the ability to critically think and creatively solve problems.