Matthew Gutschick is Artistic Director of The Omaha Theater Company (The Rose) where he has directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Greg Banks’s Robin Hood, Ramona Quimby, Christmas Story: The Musical. Under Matthew’s direction, The Rose has developed classes and productions for PreK audiences. He has also been instrumental in the commission, production and presentation of ground-breaking new works including Palette of Possibility, The Rose’s first show developed specifically for youth with autism. The Rose’s residency with Daniel Beaty has radically altered the company’s approach to outreach, with programs focused on gang violence, teen pregnancy, and youth incarceration. Matthew is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and holds a BA from Wake Forest University. He earned an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. He is a current TYA/USA Board Member.