Matthew Schliesman

Management & Creative

Arts, Entertainment, Business, Humanities, Education, Discovery, & More....

Master of Ceremonies at the 2013 Oath of Office proceedings for Mayor Justin Nickels.

Headshot:, late 20s.

The historic Capitol Theatre (1921), the heart of the Capitol Civic Centre, Inc., following the 2019 renovations. 

Manager of Park Operations, Entertainment, and Show Programs at Paramount's Great America, spending time with my Star Trek ensemble.  Circa 1993.

 Nonprofit Executive Director... Writer... Producer... Director... Teacher...  Theme Park Entertainment Executive... Creative Consultant



Executive Director, Capitol Civic Centre Inc.

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Vice President of Entertainment, Knott's Berry Farm

Buena Park, California


Manager of Park Operations, Entertainment, and Show Programs


Santa Clara, California


Freelance Writer, Director, Producer, & Consultant

Los Angeles, California and Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin


Executive Director, Omaha Theatre Company  / Omaha Ballet

Omaha, Nebraska

Employment Skills Coordinator, Covenant House California

Los Angeles, California


Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing, Lindenwood College

St. Charles, Missouri

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communication

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Vice President of Entertainment for Knott's Berry Farm, meeting with the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.  Photo circa 1997.

Electronic billboard image from

2012-13 fundraising campaign.

Performing before my entertainment team

at Knott's Berry Farm, 1999.

Performing as Herod in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, presented by The Masquers, Manitowoc, WI, 2015


Matthew Schliesman

matt AT

PO Box 607, Manitowoc, WI  54221

Favorite quote # 1: “If, after all, one cannot always make history have a meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.”

-- Albert Camus

Favorite quote # 2: “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw as much paint at it as you can.”

-- Danny Kaye

Favorite quote # 3: "There is always something beyond our certainty that our certainty blinds us to." 

-- From my novel, NIMBUS, published in 2004.

Favorite quote # 4: “To get the fruit off the tree you have to go out on a limb.”

-- Shirley MacLaine

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