Matt Ehlert

Matthew Ehlert
401 862-4233

Lighting Design
Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard CT  On staff as automated lighting programmer /designer,  often called upon to provide lighting for shows booked at the casino,  when they don’t bring  their own staff with them.  These have included:  Hall & Oates, Billy Idol, Nora Jones, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Lyfe Jennings, Macy Gray, Blake Shelton, REO Speedwagon, Sawyer Brown, many others. Design Portfolio @
Re-designed & created new programming for Grand Pequot Ballroom lighting installation, Foxwoods.   Designed and installed dance floor & stage lighting rig in BB King Dance Club, created initial programming.  Designed & installed lighting rig in BB King Jazz Club, created initial programming, Foxwoods.
Consulted on design, equipment & programming for new ballrooms at MGM / Foxwoods.

New York City- Freelance lighting designer   Lighting design for many dance & music concerts,  several off-broadway shows, industrial & fashion shows.  List & portfolio available.

New Dance Group, NYC    Production designer for New Dance Group Co,  dance repertory.   House lighting designer, technical director at New Dance Group Arts Center, NYC

Martin-Kroner Productions   Lighting design at several properties in Caribbean, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’” & “Michael Jackson Revue” at Alhambra Casino, Aruba.

OceanWest Theater, Block Island, RI   Summer stock,  lighting design for many shows over 6 seasons, mostly musicals, among them- My Fair Lady, Chicago, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,  Night Club Confidential            

Karen Akers, Helen Schneider   Cabaret singers, NYC based.  Production manager, lighting design, tours throughout USA 

Production and Management

New Dance Group Arts Center, NYC   Technical production & lighting consultant, $3 million  new facility, NYC.  Co-ordinated between vendor, architect, contractor & NDGAC.  Oversaw installation & commissioning of new ETC lighting system in two performance spaces.

Walt Disney’s World On Ice    Lighting director,  Snow White Unit  Two world tours to Asia, Europe,  USA.

Dance Theatre Of Harlem   Head electrician, two US tours.

Hartford Ballet  Harford, CT   Head electrician, two US tours.

Merce Cunningham Dance Studio    Technical director, lighting designer, studio rental space.  Worked with Cunningham Co.  on NYC dates.

The Ballroom, NYC   Technical director, lighting designer, NYC’s largest cabaret.  Lighting for  Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett,   Karen Akers,  many Brazilian acts,  many others.

OceanWest Theater, Block Is,  RI    General manager, two facilities; a first-run movie theater & a summer stock theater, both operating  from May-September.

Related Experience & Skills

Automated lighting programming  Extensive programming experience with most HighEnd gear,  many types of VariLite units,  ClayPaky, Martin, Robe.  Used many AVO consoles including Diamond4, also  WholeHog 2, Jands Hog, Jands Vista,   VariLite Virtuoso,  many ETC consoles, HighEnd Catalyst video control.
Automated lighting maintenance   Received training from VariLite & HighEnd in moving light maintenance,  maintained Foxwood’s inventory of moving lights.
Computers   Consultant in small  office networking & desktop training, specializing in  Apple.   Website design
Rigging   Up & ground rigging, spotting points, building bridles, operating motors  Some climbing.
Crew work   regular work at Mohegan Sun Arena, Hartford Civic Center, Bushnell Theater (Hartford, CT), Providence Performing Arts Center (Prov, RI), Dunkin Donuts Center (Prov, RI), Ryan Arena (Univ of RI)      
Film & Video Work as electrics grip with IA locals 52 & 481 in NYC & New England, work at Sonalysts Studios, CT
Driving, operating Ri driver’s license, trucks up to 24’ (non CDL) licensed in CT for forklifts, boom & scissor lifts

Member  IATSE Local 23, Providence, RI 

Design Portfolio available online at

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