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Matthew Davis received his Bachelors degree in Theater Performance from Minnesota State University where he graduated as valedictorian and with high honors.  Directly out of college he was hired as the Associate Artistic Director of the Playhouse Merced in California.  In addition to his duties as AAD he became the head of acting and dance for the Children’s Conservatory at Playhouse as well as doing after school acting classes and performances for low income schools throughout central California.  Since moving back to Denver, he has directed and choreographed for children’s theaters in the area.  He has been privileged to perform with The National Theater for Children, touring schools with educational theater productions and continues to perform in Denver and the surrounding areas.  He has had the pleasure of working as the Artistic Director with Theatre-Hikes Colorado, a company with the mission of combining theater and enjoyment and preservation of the environment, for the past five years.

He has also been a religious educator on staff at First Unitarian Society of Denver for the past four years.  While at First Unitarian, he has also directed and choreographed the holiday pageant Avenue UU, an exploration of different holiday celebrations.  He has also been involved for the past five years in the annual musical revue at First Unitarian which is a fundraiser for the church.  He has also participated in several panels on sexuality for the high school OWL program. He has also been a counselor for Spirit Quuest, a week long stay away camp for Universal Unitarian middle school students.

During the day, Matthew is a paraprofessional at an elementary school providing math and reading help to struggling students and is an activity leader for the after school program there.  For the past five years in the after school program, he has planned activities and curriculum for the 60-70 students a day based on current and historical events, holidays, classical and modern art, theater and dance.  Throughout that time he has attended 15 or more hours a year in continuing education including health and wellness, early childhood development, structured play and recess, Spanish, and Yoga for children.

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