Associate Artistic Director
Matthew assists Artistic Director Michael M. Kaiser and Executive Director Jill O’Neill with season planning and the coordination of all artistic programming at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. In this role he oversees artist hiring, contract negotiation, and provides event coordination support. During the 2019 summer season, he produced the Center’s production of Million Dollar Quartet.
Before joining the team at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in 2018, Matthew spent more than a decade as a professional actor and vocalist. He starred as Prince Eric in the National Tour of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and played leading roles with some of the nation’s leading regional theatres, including Ford’s Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, and the Ogunquit Playhouse. His screen credits include national commercials and independent films as well as an appearance on HBO’s Veep. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association, he served on a number of national and regional committees, including contract negotiating teams.
Matthew also has an administrative and business development background in the hospitality and entertainment fields. Most recently, he was the National Sales Director for Fine Wine and Specialty Retail accounts for a family owned winery in the Willamette Valley. His arts advocacy work has led him to serve in a variety of capacities with the National YoungArts Foundation, of which he is an alumnus.
Matthew has studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory and Arts Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His wife, Katy Tabb is an accomplished choreographer, performer and theatre educator.