Matt Smith: Improviser extraordinaire dissects the mechanics of creative group thinking.


Matt Smith

Matt Smith wears many hats. He’s one of the nation’s most established improv artists, a sought after fund-raising auctioneer, a film actor, and a solo performance artist.

Matt’s screen credits include Spiderman, Sleepless in Seattle, Almost Live, Outsourced, and Northern Exposure.  He’s known in Seattle for his humorous monologues, My Last Year with the Nuns, My Boat to Bainbridge, Helium, and  Beyond Kindness.

Matt has taught thousands of people to improvise, and as a corporate consultant, brings the principles of improvisational theatre to the workplace.
He works extensively in the corporate arena, and has consolidated 20 years of performance, writing and teaching into developing successful training in teambuilding, communication, risk taking, stress management, change management, conflict resolution, accountability, and compassionate listening for organizations including:
• Microsoft [multiple engagements]
• Vulcan
• Boeing
• Group Health
• Weber Shandwick
• Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
• Tropicana
• Washington National Guard
• Celltech 
• Antioch
• Charles Schwab
• Hewlett Packard
• James Rivers
• Bank of America
• Seattle Center 

He has been teaching improv at Freehold since 1991, and also teaches at Seattle University. He has improvised for years as a member of None of the Above, Seattle Improv, Seattle Theatre Sports [Artistic Director (1985 - 1986)], and Stark/Raving Theatre, where he and Edward Sampson used improvisation to develop scripted performances.

Matt was a frequent guest artist with KING TV’s Almost Live, for which he received a regional Emmy for Nature Walk with Chuck.   In 2007, the film Outsourced, which includes Matt as one of the principal actors, won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Fillm at The Seattle International Film Festival.