Micah Maatman

Faculty

Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance

I believe in storytelling.

I have always been susceptible to stories. Whether spending many hours walking with a protagonist in a novel, or living with a character for a few hours onstage, or reading bedtime stories to my children about our world’s simple truths, stories allow me to better understand my communities and my place in them.

Stories ask that we incorporate each other’s identity into our own story. Storytelling asks us to empathize with the characters we are seeing and hearing. I participate in storytelling to better understand my story and how it intersects with the stories of others. I participate in onstage storytelling because it allows us to share our understanding with listeners.

I tell stories through structure using visual rhythm and by referencing shared experiences and rituals. My hands enjoy creating rhythmic geometric spaces. Creating spatial rhythm allows my fellow storytellers easy manipulation of the stage and allows audiences easy understanding of the stage picture, allowing them to concentrate on the characters words and action. Ritual connects us to our culture, it connects us to our place, to our beliefs, to our families, to our history, to our story.  Drawing on communal experiences with structure and image, my designs reference common encounters and occurrences.  Referencing shared experiences and rituals asks audiences to find the connections between their story and the story being told.

I am a structural storyteller.

A bit of my story:  I have been teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2007.  I am a storyteller, teacher, creator, leader, manager, friend, husband, and Daddo.  My family is my favorite story.  My wife and I strive to teach our two girls about the world around them, but, mostly, they teach us.  When not at Gustavus or outside with my kiddos, you might find me woodworking, snowboarding, or riding bikes.

Visit my website at here.

Education

B.A. Hope College; M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise

Scenic Design and Arts Management


Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Design Arch.)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 23 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-215 Stage Management 18 2016/SP, 2016/JN, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2015/JN, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2012/JN
T/D-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 17 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-115 Assistant Stage Manager 14 2016/SP, 2016/JN, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2015/JN, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2012/JN
T/D-398 T/D Honors Project 12 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
T/D-390 Advanced Studies in Performance: Reflection, Documentation, and Presentation 11 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-103 Experiments in Design 10 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
T/D-260 Arts Management 5 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, and 2008/SP
T/D-399 Senior Project 5 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
T/D-229 Scenery: Craft and Design 4 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Design Cultrl Space 4 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, and 2008/FA
T/D-244 ST:Scenic Painting 3 2013/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
T/D-241 Theatrical Media and Design Technology 2 2011/SP and 2009/SP
T/D-217 Arts Entrepreneurship 1 2016/JN
T/D-344 Special Topic: Design Colloquium 1 2014/SP
T/D-272 Intermediate Creative Expression 1 2013/JN
T/D-372 Advanced Creative Expression 1 2012/JN
T/D-221 Light and Sound: Craft and Design 1 2008/SP
T/D-211 Scenery/Props Practicum 1 2008/JN
T/D-101 Theatre Appreciation 1 2007/FA
T/D-373 Advanced Design and Stagecraft 1 2007/FA