Matt Ryan, Pollock Theater Director
Matt’s passion lies in all aspects of moviemaking: film watching, film exhibition, production, teaching and screenwriting. He started his career in the basement of The Lifetime Television tape library at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios. But after cataloguing the Tori Spelling movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger, he decided to move on to the Discovery Channel to oversee their Broadcast center.
Working in Television took Matt away from his true calling, which is film. He moved on to NYU to run the film Center, where he produced events with people like Martin Scorsese and President Clinton. He also ran the NYU Instructional Technology Department.
From 2005 to 2008, Matt pursued his life-long dream of getting a MFA in screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. He also helped aspiring screenwriters with his own screenwriting class.
Now by day, he runs this very special theater, and, by night, he directs Pollock Theater events. Matt also is the Host/Co-Creator of the "Script to Screen" screenwriting series in the Pollock Theater. On his off days, he writes comedy and fantasy screenplays. One day Matt will say “Enjoy my movie” at the Pollock Theater.
Keith Boynton, Production Manager
Keith first set foot on UCSB property in 1987 as a guitarist in a heavy metal band performing at the Lagoon, various Frat houses and The Graduate. Every struggling musician eventually has to find a day gig, and Keith ended up at Seymour Duncan Manufacturing (SDM) -- and began his production career. After seeing the SDM product marketing and trade show videos he produced projected on a 10-foot-by-10-foot wall of televisions, Keith was hooked. Since then, he has been a camera operator, production assistant, floor director, and promotional producer for live broadcast network news stations. Twenty years later, Keith returned to Santa Barbara and has been a writer, producer, videographer, director, lighting specialist, editor, audio engineer, and critic. After producing a stream of public broadcast shows, Keith is now back at UCSB -- "I found what everyone wants - a profession where you can bring everything you've learned over the years and put it to use doing what you love to do." Today, Keith Directs the Pollock Theater multi-camera live shoots.