Matt Eisenman

English Teacher, Lighting Design

2006 Alumni

Biography

English, Theater Studies, Minor in Political Science, 2006

Atlanta, GA
MA, Literary Studies, GSU
English Teacher, The Walker School

Since Emory

I have been teaching high school English for the last 6 school years.  The last five have been at The Walker School in Marietta, Ga.  Along with teaching 9th and 11th grade English classes, I have also served as the Head Track and Field Coach as well as the lighting designer for the upper school theater program.  I have also completed a Master's degree in Literary Studies at Georgia State University.  

Current activities

English Teacher at The Walker School, Head Track and Field Coach, Upper School Lighting Designer, College Advisor, Hillel club sponsor. Mostly work and as much outdoor time as I can, including spending summers at Camp Blue Star in Hendersonville, NC.  I have recently started competing in half marathons and triathlons.


Highlights at Emory

My two theater highlights were working on Arthur Kopit's Discovery of America in the fall of 2002 and serving as the TD for a student production of Bat Boy.  Academically, my time in the theater program forged strong relationships with a number of faculty members.  Particularly, Michael Evenden has served as a mentor for me both at Emory and since.  I have enjoyed continuing the relationship with him long after my graduation from Emory.


In retrospect

On the practical level, I now have a technical skill set in theater that allows me to work professionally in the industry.  On a personal level, theater at Emory gave me an opportunity to be part of a tightknit community, learn directly from professionals in the field, and hone my interest in a wonderful art.


And …

In the world of high school theater, I have now been nominated for a Shuler Hensley Award for Excellence in High School Musical Theater in the Lighting Design category for 3 of the 4 years of the program, and received an honorable mention in the year I wasn't nominated.

I was married on September 17, 2011 to Dana Paulson, also a teacher in Atlanta at The Galloway School.