Matt Chapman trained and improvised at the Improv Olympic theater in Chicago and IO West, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and at ComedySportz. Matt studied under Del Close, Charna Halpern, Peter Gwinn (Colbert Report), Noah Gregeropolous, and Miles Stroth. Some of the teams he’s been on in Chicago include: Valhalla and The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience and Hootinany (commonly called the Armando show).
In 2004, Matt created Consortium Productions, which paired the most talented sketch groups in Chicago with production abilities to create 6 original videos in 2 months time. Out of this production schedule came the animated short “Time Traveler”, directed by Matt, and winner of the 2004 Chicago Short Comedy and Film Festival.
In 2005 Matt worked with John Lutz (30 Rock), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show) to create an original short movie titled Creekmore, starring John Lutz. The 25 minute short movie was entirely improvised, and premiered at the Improv Olympic 25th anniversary, and landed Matt his next job @ Boom Chicago Amsterdam.
At the beginning of 2006 Matt was hired by Boom Chicago in Amsterdam to be in charge of their video department. From 2006 – 2008 Matt created and supervised creation of hundreds of videos, including the 100 million hit superviral “Spongebob Squarepants in China”.
In 2007 Matt produced a series of six ten minute pilots for Comedy Central Netherlands. The pilots were successful, and Matt directed 2 seasons of the show Comedy Central News (CCN) for Dutch television, 83 episodes in total.
During the 2008 election Matt and Boom Chicago created several shorts for Sundance Channel’s “Voices on the American Election” series.
In 2009 Matt was added to the full-time Boom Chicago cast and created 2 original mainstage shows there with different ensembles. During this time, Matt continued to head up the video department for Boom Chicago and created more videos for outside clients, often on a shoestring budget and acting as writer, director, and editor.
In 2012 Matt was commissioned to create a sequel to the #1 hit, Spongebob Squarepants in China, which he completed by teaching himself how to animate by hand.
Matt is currently working full time in a non-exclusive capacity at Disney Interactive as an editor.