Matthew Schliesman



PLAYWRIGHT: Birch Hollow. The first production was presented by The Masquers in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, November 2015  (Tone of play: Green Acres meets Walton's Mountain, with a touch of The Twilight Zone)

AUTHOR: in final stages of development: The Search for Gordon - An Adventure in Finding Family.  (A nonfiction genealogical adventure story about our lost and forgotten ancestors. )

AUTHOR: NIMBUS, a metaphysical adventure novel published in 2004, Infinity Publishing. 

CREATIVE CONSULTANT:  Have offered a diverse range of freelance services spanning management and strategic planning; show and event creation, development, and operations; writing and directing commissioned projects; speechwriter; formation of custom training programs; company policy development; marketing and public relations support.  Clients have included Paramount Parks, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Thinkwell Design & Production, Heartbeat Productions, Legoland California, Thomas-Gregor Associates, and Mayor Justin Nickels, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

As Vice President of Entertainment for Knott's Berry Farm: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for America’s first theme park.  Directed creative, production, and operational teams over dozens of original stage productions, including those for the licensed Peanuts® characters; big-stage ice shows; musical revues; Wild West stunt shows; dolphin and sea lion shows; old-fashioned melodramas; and a wide range of street shows.  Led creative, production, and operational teams for special events including the world’s largest live Halloween spectacle—Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt®, Knott’s Merry Farm® (Christmas season), and others.

STAGE DIRECTOR:  As a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, directed-- Buried Child, Personals, Jesus Christ SuperstarMurder at the Howard Johnsons, and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

PERFORMANCE: Still occasionally taking the stage as a master of ceremonies, singer, or actor.  Representative stage roles include R. P. MacMurphy in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST; Michael in I DO, I DO; George in ALL MY SONS; Henry in THE REAL THING; King Herod in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. 

Final moments of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1989. Director. 

Manitowoc Public Library Fundraising show -- performing IRVING BERLIN MEDLEY with Kevin Sievert and Erin LaFond, 2015.

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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