Douglas Stewart, M. Ed, SAG/AFTRA
Producing Artistic Director/Instructor
Douglas Stewart is an accomplished producer, director, presentation trainer, writer, actor, dancer, and voice-over talent. He has over 100 professional theater and dance productions to his credit. Recently, he appeared at the 2016 Fringe Festival as Sheriff Traeger in Marcus Anthony's So Bright the Night. He also played the family patriarch, Frank Daugherty, in another original production of Anthony's play, The Booby Trap, at The Nimbus Theatre. His feature films include featured or supporting roles in Lightning Jack, Cold Feet, If You Could Say It In Words, Car Dealer, Tender Mercies, and Cultivating Charlie. On TV he has appeared in Dallas, Lazarus Man and Unsolved Mysteries. He has numerous national & regional commercials and industrial films to his credit including principal roles for Lupient Infiniti, Hyundai Motors, Lone Star Beer, Showbiz & Chuck E' Cheese Pizza, Walmart, Texas Instruments, Miller Brewing, Eastman Kodak, Southwestern Bell Telephone, and Bounce Fabric Softener. Doug was a national spokesman for Mary Kay Cosmetics for several years. Many of Stewart's students have appeared on the stage and in feature film, network television shows, and national television commercials.
Stewart has directed numerous plays including the most recently successful TMT productions of David Mamet's Oleanna, Conor McPherson's The Weir and Will Eno's Thom Pain. Other directing credits include productions of Bleacher Bums, A Christmas Carol, Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross, Scenes from Faust, The Rivals, Charlotte's Web, Waiting for Lefty, Greater Tuna, and numerous scenes and monologues for his former touring company, Shakespeare-on-the Halfshell. His 2008 original play with music, Earth Day Rocks, has been revised for a 2019 production at the Lake Harriet Upper School directed by TMT Associate Director, Anna Crace.
As a dancer, Stewart performed in many of the world's most famous full-length ballets as a company member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Dallas Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and, recently, with the Continental Ballet in Bloomington. His acting ability lead him to perform numerous character roles in dance such as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker (Dallas Ballet), Dr. Coppelius and The Burgermeister in Coppelia (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), and King Fortinbras in Sleeping Beauty (Continental Ballet).
Douglas recently received his M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in eLearning and Technology Education from Concordia University/Portland. He completed his graduate studies in Theatre Directing from the University of New Mexico and B.A. in Dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh. He has been a board member for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of SAG/AFTRA and New Mexico Screen Actors Guild. Locally, he has held board positions for The James Sewell Ballet and The Minnesota Shubert, (now The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts). He is currently active on the Washburn Arts Council (WAC), a non-profit organization that supports Washburn High School's Performing Arts Department in Minneapolis.
Marc Christian Berg
TMT Assistant Director/Director of Puppetry & Late Night Entertainment/Outreach Instructor
Marc Berg brings a unique blend of experience in puppetry, directing, acting, musical theater, prop design, writing, and a variety of art design disciplines to support The Matchbox Theater as it new Assistant Director. Marc will also be Director of The Matchbox Puppet Theater Company and Director of Late Night Entertainment. He has over 12 years of experience in the art of puppetry and has regular performing gigs with the Tipsy Kangaroo Naughty Puppet Review and Mad Munchkin Productions. He has also worked with the highly acclaimed puppet group: In the Heart of the Beast. Marc's particular passion is to develop a repertoire of rock opera puppet shows. For his premier project, Razia's Shadow, Marc directed and designed all elements of the rock opera including puppets, props, and set construction. He will be organizing a special Saturday morning puppet show for kids that will appear regularly at The Matchbox Theater soon. Berg is also in great demand in the area of props design where his skills have benefited the Old Log Theatre among others. As performer, Marc has appeared in Avenue Q, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Way Out West, and Sweet Charity. Marc received his BS in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin/River Falls. He received his AAS in Graphic Design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
TMT Associate Director/Outreach Acting Instructor
Anna is a recent import from Great Britain where she honed her talents as a director, writer and dramaturg with an interest in theatre production and administration. She is the co-founder of Lo/Fall theatre company and was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 Writers in 2015. She is precise, outgoing and loves tackling new challenges. Currently, she is teaching our K-1 Puppet Theater Workshop and Super Hero Mask Workshop at Wenonah Elementary School. Additionally, Anna is directing Earth Day Rocks! at Lake Harriet Upper School. She will be assisting Marc Christian Berg in the creation of the Matchbox Theater's new Saturday morning puppet series for young people. Anna holds a MFA in Theatre Directing from the Birkbeck University of London, a MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy from Goldsmith University of London, and a BA in Drama from the University of Manchester.
TMT Lighting/Sound Designer
Monte Monteleagre is a new arrival to the Twin Cities from Nebraska. In addition to lighting and sound, his work at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre includes positions as a director, stage manager, dresser, and house manage. Monte recently ran the sound and lighting for TMT's heralded production of Oleanna. His production credits include: Well, A Christmas Carol, Heathers, Battles Lost and Won, Love and Information, Untold, It’s Only a Play, Suddenly Last Summer, The Trojan Women, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Monte is also a published poet, comedy improvist, aspiring playwright, tabletop game designer, and musician. The Matchbox Theater is delighted to have someone of Monte’s varied talents on our Artistic Team!
Outreach Acting Instructor
Del Bolier is currently studying theater at The St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA). He has worked as an intern and assistant at Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis and has taught numerous classes for young children in the Twin Cities. Most recently, Del taught our after-school Reader's Theater program at Burroughs Community School. He is teaching the Puppet Theater Workshop and Super Hero Mask Workshop for our Winter-Spring session coordinated through Active Solutions at Burroughs.
Outreach Acting Instructor
Marci Lucht is a consummate professional with an extensive background working with young actors in highly regarded programs at Penumbra Theater, Guthrie Theater, Old Log Theater, and for the Hennepin Theater Trust's Spotlight Theater Performance Program. She has also developed and managed summer sessions for theater, music and dance at the BSLC Cass Lake Camp. Marci is currently teaching our TMT Puppet Theater Workshop ans Super Hero Mask Workshop at Windom Elementary School as part of the Bilingual Language Center programs.