About Theatre Horizon
Theatre Horizon is a professional non-profit theatre company headquartered in Norristown that performs in Montgomery County. The company was co-founded by Matthew Decker and Erin Reilly.
Theatre Horizon produces challenging dramas and inspiring and memorable musicals. The company has also created and presented original works, and has an extensive education program that reaches hundreds of students in our region. Visit us at the theater and buy tickets for an upcoming production.
If you would like to get involved with Theatre Horizon, please explore our site and get to know us better. Please consider giving your support so that we can continue bring great art to our community.
Through theatre, we create a community of artists, students and audiences in which each member is encouraged to grow.
In 1999, many of the artists who went on to work for Theatre Horizon participated in an experimental writing/acting workshop and co-created a play they titled Horizons. The following year, in the summer of 2000, Theatre Horizon was founded by Matthew Decker as a theatrical outlet for young adults.
Philadelphia-area premier of The Violet Hour, 2006
Since that time, Theatre Horizon has grown into a full, professional theatre company, providing a place for directors, actors, producers, designers, and artists of all kinds to hone their craft, exchange skills, and take risks in a supportive environment. In November 2005, Theatre Horizon incorporated as a non-profit organization.
Past productions included dramas as the Philadelphia-area premiere of The Violet Hour (2006), the critically acclaimed production of The Laramie Project (2005), Book of Days (2004), and Waiting for Lefty (2003).
Theatre Horizon also partnered with the Upper Merion Concerts Under Stars Series to bring outdoor theatre to King of Prussia. This exciting partnership resulted in the first ever full scale musical, Grease!, presented in the township gazebo performance space in the summer of 2005 and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, presented in the summer of 2006. In 2007, Theatre Horizon presented Once on This Island, the children's show The Velveteen Rabbit, and Holiday Show at the Swing Club, an original one-act musical.
About the Founders
Matthew Decker (RESIDENT DIRECTOR) is the Co-Founder and Resident Director of Theatre Horizon where he has directed over ten productions including Voices of Christmas, Kimberly Akimbo, Fat Pig, The Credeaux Canvas and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which he won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. He has also directed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Villanova University, Consortium for the Arts and the HERE Arts Center. Matthew is also a teaching artist, co-founding Theatre Horizon's Autism Drama Program. In addition to his duties at Theatre Horizon, Matthew serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Arden Theatre Company where he has directed Robin Hood. Matthew is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Upcoming: Pinocchio at Arden this April and Spring Awakening at Theatre Horizon, running May-June 2013. Email Matt at Matt@TheatreHorizon.org
Matt Decker and Erin Reilly, Founders
Erin Reilly (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Erin co-founded Theatre Horizon with Matthew Decker. Erin has directed over 15 productions, working with both professional actors and students. As an Equity actress she has performed on numerous area stages including the Walnut Street Theatre and Wilma Theater. Theatre Horizon's education department is near to her heart, and she draws on her experience teaching for education programs at the Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater, and Mum Puppettheatre, among many others. She serves on the Creative MontoCo Steering Committee and Theatre Philadelphia and was named one of Philadelphia's 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Email Erin at Erin@TheatreHorizon.org