Expertise. Understanding. Passion.
Professional, knowledgeable, and kind from start to finish.
Founded in 2013, the Down Right team has years of combined experience in theater, concerts, corporate events and design to provide unique, custom tailored packages for every type of event. Pairing that experience with a wide inventory of equipment, and a keen interest in the ever-changing world of production technology makes Down Right Productions an all-inclusive production company.
Design, Education, Service and Sales
Down Right Productions offers quality theater and live event equipment, sales, service, and education to Western Massachusetts and beyond with expertise, understanding, and a passion for raising the level of production quality in the area.
Our rental equipment inventory covers all areas of production–including lighting, sound, projection and staging. DRP takes pride in the building relationships with customers and uses our technical knowledge to help you choose the right gear for your event.
DRP represents many industry standard brands and consults on new building projects as well as LED lighting upgrades to existing venues. DRP listens to customers’ needs, sells only the highest quality equipment, provides excellent technical service, and trains clients thoroughly on operating their systems.
DRP is the preferred rental and event service vendor for the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) and works with many colleges, schools, and individuals to put on great events.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, OWNER
Matt’s professional experience includes technical direction, production, consulting, and design, with a special interest in education, including serving as the Technical Director and Lighting Design Teacher at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School. In the 15 years prior to founding Down Right, he worked as a freelance lighting technician and designer, and as the house LD at several venues in Western Massachusetts.
Memorable design credits with DRP include Frankenstein, adapted by Lindel Hart and produced by Eggtooth Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2015); Painting Churches directed by Rand Foerster at the Majestic Theater (2017); Catalyst Dance Company’s production of The Uncommon Era (2018); and national tour lighting design for CORDIS. Notable building projects include Springfield Symphony Hall (2020, Lighting Subcontractor), PVPA Theater (2014, Technical Consultant), and the Northampton Community Arts Trust (2022, Lighting Consultant).
Matt enjoys using his varied experience to provide high caliber design work and consultation to all clients, from community theater to professional companies, institutions, and national tours, while prioritizing each project’s particular needs. He is a certified technician for ETC rigging and lighting controls, and is passionate about connecting his clients to the highest quality suppliers of theatrical equipment. Above all, Matt takes pride in being at the helm of Down Right, which has become a fast-growing company with an exciting team.
LIGHTING DESIGNER, OFFICE MANAGER
Amber has toured all over the USA and Japan with Broadway shows including Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights and William Shatner’s one man show, Shatner’s World. She has designed shows locally for the Majestic Theatre and Smith College and internationally as far as China. She is also the president of the local IATSE chapter. If your show needs expertise in lighting, sound, or projection design, you will benefit from working with her.
HEAD AUDIO ENGINEER
Bill has been interested in sound his whole life; at the age of 7 he started playing drums and became fascinated with studio sound, and an internship at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst led to an increased love for live sound. Bill’s life for the past 10 years has been filled with working festivals such as The Governors Ball Music Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Green River Festival. If he’s not engineering at festivals in the summer, he’s mixing sound at local venues such as the Academy of Music, and Pearl Street Nightclub. Bill has been part of the Down Right team since the start, and handles many of the concerts and tours.
LIGHTING DESIGNER, TECHNICIAN
Daniel Kent has been inspired and motivated by light and sound in performing arts and in the larger world since his first shows in middle school and high school. Since then he has developed his skills in working for artists and designers as a lighting director, designer programmer, production electrician as well as sound designer. Daniel received an education in music, theater and digital design at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There he received a degree in Lighting & Sound Design for Theater and Music. After graduating, Daniel explored the live music and theatrical scene in New York City and Brooklyn, spending 8 years working for various venues including Brooklyn Steel, National Sawdust, Knitting Factory, House of Vans, (le) Poisson Rouge, Playwrights Horizons and Hammerstein Ballroom. Daniel also spent time on the road with Merill Garbus and Tuneyards, serving as Lighting Director for 2nd 2018-2019. Daniel supports Down Right Productions as a lighting technician, programmer and general troubleshooter, and helps out with Audio and Video departments. When he’s not at Down Right or the jobsite, he’s playing the piano or operating lights at local venues like the Academy of Music, Northampton, and Gateway City Arts, Holyoke.
STAGE MANAGER, PROJECT MANAGER
Katie is a stage manager, project manager, and performer who has been part of the Down Right team since 2015. Katie’s passion for people and live performance drives her meticulous stage management practice, which aims to free performers up to be their best on stage.
Katie has managed stages throughout the Northeast for dance, theater, music festivals, and opera in venues including New York Live Arts, the Cutler Majestic, the Academy of Music, the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Hawks and Reed, Smith College, and UMass Amherst. She applies the organizational skills and attention to detail that she uses in her stage management work to each project that she manages, with special attention paid to her relationships with her clients. Through Down Right, Katie also has the opportunity to mentor high school students in the art of stage management.