Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Fine Arts Contemporary Theatre Performance Naropa University Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Eastern New Mexico University Associates of Arts Degree Theatre and Communications St Louis Community College
Mr. Matthew R. Kerns, MFA
Matthew is a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts award-winning educator, critically acclaimed theatre performance artist featured in American Theatre Magazine, and a 2020 St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leaders Award recipient.
Matthew has been an Executive Producer, Director, and Artistic Director for Off-Loop Theatre [Chicago], Off-Broadway Theatre [New York], Reparatory Theatre [California], Regional Theatre [Iowa, Missouri, Colorado] and Educational Theatre [Chicago, California, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri].
Matthew’s artistic portfolio includes original performances, immersive events, and standard plays and musicals.
Students that have trained with Matthew have gone on to work in television, film, major motion pictures, and on Broadway. From Saturday Night Live to Gotham, and from Six: The Musical to Jake, the State Farm Guy and beyond.
Matthew is an expert in the performance practices of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Grotowski, Somatic Movement, Improvisation, Roy Hart Vocal Technique, Moment Work, and Viewpoints.
He has presented at the NAIS Conference, National Writing Conference for Youth, Missouri Conference on the Younger Years, TCG National Conference, and at TEDx.
Matthew holds an Associate degree in Communications and Theatre from St. Louis Community College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Naropa University.
Matthew and his family live in a historic house built in 1890 with their three dogs: Lewis, Harvey, and Ella.