Matt’s early passion for film and theatre lead him, at 16, to train at Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Epsom. From here, he moved to London, completing a BA in Theatre Design at the renowned Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design.
After studying, Matt spent several years working as a set dresser in film, pop promo’s and theatre, all of which he still loves. However, it wasn’t long before he began missing the energy and 360 degree experience of live sets and events. Matt wanted to tell the kind of stories you can walk around, pick up and play with. He enjoyed the mix of the strategic challenges that came with brand marketing and the cross disciplinary skills that production design demands, so began his journey into live events.
Matt founded Matt Gates & Co. as a way to collaborate with talented people and bring his film, theatre and architecture influences to the world of brands, storytelling and show production.