Hello there! My name is Charles "Chas" Mathieu and I would like to take a few moments to tell you a bit more about myself. I was born in Mexico and adopted at a very young age and for the past 18 years, I've called Chicago my home.
Ever since I was a child I have been around art, taking drawing and painting classes for most of my life. One of my first memories is drawing the family room from the ‘Rugrats’ TV show. Similarly, I used Lego bricks to allow me create 3D models and explore the mechanics of space, art, and design. My first real experience with theatre was in high school building sets for our productions. Meanwhile, I was enrolled in art classes in which I was able to explore paints at the same time developing my techniques in drawing.
Studying theatre design at Columbia College Chicago afforded me the opportunity to continue build models, paint, draw, and explore the world. At Columbia I designed two mainstage productions, many student productions, and worked in the scene shop for two years and was awarded the John Murbach Prize for collaboration at the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards.
As a scenic designer, I love being able to continue to draw, paint, build models, while collaborating with others to create magic. I love the process of bringing a story to life by carefully crafting a world in which the characters can live before an audience. The ability to work with other talented theatre artists and their dedication, furthers my devotion to helping to tell my part of the story.