Douglas Stewart, M. Ed | SAG-AFTRA | AEA
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. He last appeared at the Minneapolis 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. In 2019, Stewart appeared with his daughter, Kaitlyn Stewart, in the Minneapolis 24-Hour Film Festival in a work called What About You? His major feature films include featured or supporting roles in Rust, Lightning Jack, Cold Feet, If You Could Say It In Words, and Car Dealer. Other film credits include appearances in 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, was revised for a 2019 production at the Lake Harriet Upper School in Minneapolis directed by former 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, Minnesota. 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).
Since 1994, Douglas has operated a successful government presentation and proposal development business called Stewart Presentations. His company has helped major federal contractors win in excess of $38 billion in contract awards. Douglas 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. While in Minneapolis, he held board positions for The James Sewell Ballet and The Minnesota Shubert, (now The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts). Before moving to Albuquerque in June 2020, Stewart was active on the Washburn Arts Council (WAC), a non-profit organization that supports Washburn High School's Performing Arts Department in Minneapolis. Recently, Stewart was asked to serve on the board of directors for Patricia Dickinson's Festival Ballet Albuquerque. He is happy to be back supporting the local theater and dance scene in Albuquerque, the birthplace of the original Matchbox Theater in 1994.
Versai Knight, Actors Equity UK, SAG/AFTRA Candidate,
Associate Director/Outreach Director, Special Workshops
Versai Knight is an actor, singer, dancer, director, and voice-over artist. She has been working professionally since 2014 in stage, film, TV, commercials, radio plays, and audiobooks. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England where she studied acting and musical theatre with a focus on spoken voice and movement for actors. Before moving to London, Versai was based in California where she helped develop and teach youth programs with Spotlight Youth Conservatory, and Seabright Drama Camp.
Versai's stage credits include: The Life, A Permanent State of Emergency, Lost Empires, Richard II, Company, A Trip to Scarborough, The Shape of Things, The Comedy of Errors, Legend of Bonny Anne, and Urinetown. Versai also has experience in fostering and developing new works by playwrights including A Permanent State of Emergency, Lost Empires, and Legend of Bonny Anne. Her theater directing credits include: The Leaf Men, Rimers of Eldritch, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Knight's film and TV credits include featured roles in Graduation Night, Soft Spoken, The Green Room, Myth Among Legends, and The Night We Met. Her commercial/print credits include work for MNDOT, Moever Magazine, and an online ad for Passion Productions.
Among her duties as an Associate Director, Versai will be in charge of developing ongoing acting classes and summer workshops for youth and adults in stage/film/tv/commercials. As The Matchbox Theater's Outreach Director, Ms. Knight will be involved in creating special theatrical programs and community projects for schools and other groups that normally would not have access to these types of programs in and around the Albuquerque.