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Matthew Schmidli

Published December 5, 2023

Teaching Faculty I,
Acting for the Camera

Matthew Schmidli is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. He will be serving Florida State University as a faculty member, teaching Acting for the Camera for both the School of Theatre and the College of Motion Picture Arts. Primarily an actor, Matthew has also written, produced and/or directed over 30 films and stage plays. He has been featured in international, national, and regional commercials, as well as several roles in film and television. On stage he performed for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre from 2013-2017 and performed for the Kansas City Actor’s Theatre, The Unicorn, Spinning Tree, The Coterie, The Living Room KC, KC Fringe, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Matthew has had several films screened at the Kansas City Film Fest International and the Durango International Film Festival. 


MFA, Professional Actor Training Program, Purdue University

BA, Theatre, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Certificate in Filmmaking, The Met Film School, London, England

Certificate in Cinematography, The Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, British Columbia

Teaching Areas

Acting, Acting for the Camera

Other interests

Playwriting, Screenwriting, Directing, Movement, Mask, Stage Combat, Dialects, Improvisation

Select Works/Awards

Winner, Pitch Magazine, Best Transformation (acting), A Number, Kansas City Actors Theatre

Nominee, Faculty of the Year, Rockhurst University

John Garody, Black Zone, SAG-AFTRA Television series

Finnigan, The Chain, Short film

Doug, The Way We Get By, Unicorn Theatre

Bernard/Michael, A Number, Kansas City Actors Theatre

Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Demetrius, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Gravedigger/Marcellus, Hamlet, Kansas City Actor’s Theatre

Andres, The Breakfast Club, The Coterie Theatre