Matt Schuurman has been a dedicated fan of Edmonton’s improv scene since the late 90s, and began performing in 2001 as a high school competitor at Nosebowl (the precursor to the Wildfire Festival).
Since becoming a player in the RFT ensemble in 2007, he’s taken on an increasingly active role with RFT, serving on the board of directors from 2009-2015, teaching improv classes, and supplying hours (and hours) of his time as the company’s go-to guy for graphic design. Since 2009, Matt has trained 100s of young improvisers as the primary improv instructor for the teen improv classes at the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre. In September 2015 Matt became the current Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre.
In 2019 Matt was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 for his work with Rapid Fire.
Matt also works as an animator, specializing in video design for live theatre. He has designed video for over 50 live theatre productions across Canada and received multiple award nominations for his work.
Website: instructables.com. It’s mostly Ikea hacks, like take this Ikea coffee table, and turn it into a slightly different coffee table.
Books: The Animator’s Survival Kit, by Richard Williams. Smokey, by Bill Peet.
Music: Jack White, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Waits, July Talk.
Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the outpouring of support from people all around the world. RFT holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and so many people want to see it continue to thrive.