Tony Matthes is a distinguished educator with a master’s in theatre education from the University of Northern Colorado and more than 29 years of experience working with theatre students. Matthes served as the director of Troupe 1539 from 1997 until June 2018, served as a board member of Theatre in the Round as well as the Guthrie Theater Educational Advisory, and successfully executed the first Minnesota Thespian Festival. Matthes is also a past chapter director and a past treasurer of the chapter and is a currently serving as associate chapter director. He has directed or co-directed more than 60 productions and has produced countless plays. For the past six years, Matthes has been honored to produce the Minnesota All State play/musical. Under Matthes’ direction, more than 55 of his students have been accepted to conservatories, B.F.A.s, and prestigious theatre programs.