“Matthew Cowell is one of the greatest assets of the performing arts at Napa Valley College and in the Napa Valley community,” said Jennifer King, President of NVC Arts and Humanities and Artistic Director of Performing Arts. an environment where the art of doing theater behind the scenes is as fascinating as the work on stage.
Cowell is Technical Director of Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center and Assistant Professor of Theater and Music. With a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Theology and Film Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has worked with Grammy, Academy and Tony Award-winning artists at Skywalker Sound, Berkeley Rep and the Lincoln Theater, and designed the sound for American Conservatory Theater, UC Berkeley, Globetrotting Shakespeare and Shakespeare Napa Valley, among others. Cowell is also an accomplished sound engineer, sound engineer, fight director, actor, and drummer.
Stagecraft (THEA 141) is an introduction to technical theater and the creation of scenic elements. Course content includes basic concepts of design, painting techniques, set construction, set movement, prop construction, backstage organization, and career possibilities.
Course credits are transferable to UC and CSU and applicable to all AA theater arts degrees. Secondary students can enroll through dual enrollment and receive college credits. The course is also perfect for lifelong learners who want to experience behind-the-scenes theater while learning skills in lighting, sound, painting and carpentry.