Matthew Donnell, a native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, is the director of the Preparatory Dance Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is also an alumnus. After graduating from UNCSA, he trained at the Rock School in Philadelphia. Following a ten-year career with the Kansas City Ballet, where he performed soloist and principal roles, he moved to New York City to focus on acting. His regional theater credits include Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Kansas City New Theatre, Houston Theatre Under the Stars and the NY Musical Theatre Festival.
In 2014, with partner Alana Niehoff, he wrote, produced, and performed in his first one-man clown show, “The Chapeau Show,” which benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His silent short film series, “The Adventures of Jim,” has been screened in film festivals based out of Winston-Salem and Los Angeles. He is a contributing writer for the online publication DIY Dancer, and currently sits on the board of governors for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union that represents ballet and opera performers. As an instructor, he has taught for and rehearsed professional ballet companies and schools across the country including UNCSA, University of Alabama, Kansas City Ballet, Montgomery Ballet and Alabama Dance Theatre.
- Trained at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia
- Ten-year career with Kansas City Ballet
- An ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- Named one of the 30 under 30 stars to watch in Kansas City
- Board of Governors for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)