Profile - Matthew Gilbertson
Lino Lakes, MN
Question and Answer
What benefits has your Anoka-Ramsey education provided?
Anoka Ramsey created a foundation to transfer and complete my degree in Theatre. I truly believe that both the skilled faculty at Anoka-Ramsey and my desire to challenge myself is what set me up to succeed at MNSU. The skills I acquired while pursuing my degree will help me however I choose to use my degree. Currently, I have a job in the Theatre field managing the scene shop at Anoka-Ramsey. However, these skills are easily transferred to many fields other than theatre. I feel very prepared for the adventures ahead of me.
Name one thing you want people to know about Anoka-Ramsey.
Anoka Ramsey is a great school! I think many people are in the position I was, when I graduated high school: you know you want to attend college but you’re not certain what specifically you want to do. My problem was I wanted to do everything. Anoka-Ramsey was great place to find what it was I really wanted to do while being close to home, and affordably. When I was ready to transfer to a university, the process was seamless and easy. I completed all of my general education classes and could focus just on my four-year Theatre degree.
Fast Fact #1
While attending Anoka-Ramsey, Matthew was awarded a Kopp Foundation Scholarship.
Fast Fact #2
Matthew earned a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Fast Fact #3
Matthew has worked as a professional improvisational comedian.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Meet Brandon OseroBrandon OseroArts & CommunicationAFA in Theatre
"The Theatre Department offers a warm, welcoming environment. The instructors provide fantastic feedback to their students. There are also wonderful opportunities for all students to be involved in theatre whether it is onstage, backstage, directing or participating in classroom activities."
Meet Neal SkoyNeal SkoyArts & CommunicationAFA Theatre
"The student counselors and academic advisors were a great resource for me. They were a fantastic help in figuring out the standard college confusions. I recommend taking advantage of those wonderful people.
This college is a gem. The environment, when taken full advantage of, is a remarkable place to learn. It’s close to home and you can’t beat the tuition. If allowed, this place grows on you!
I enjoyed a lot of GREAT instructors at Anoka-Ramsey. Every subject was led with friendly wisdom and approachable guidance. A school is defined by its instructors and these people are absolutely fantastic.
The Theater program at Anoka Ramsey is solid. The shows are great. The experiences are unforgettable. The hands are more than capable for giving you the experience you need. You can’t go wrong. I am a bit biased toward the Theater Department. The Theatre instructors are personable, full of passion, and genuinely smart theater people. Also, the Music Department is underrated –no matter how much credit is given to them."
Meet Courtney VonVettCourtney VonVettArts & CommunicationAFA in Theatre
"The sense of community among the students and faculty. If one of my instructors is having a rough day or has to cancel a class due to an emergency, I know there are a number of students who will go out of their way to email that teacher and make sure things are okay. The instructors will do the exact same thing for the students."