Born and bred in Wilmington, Delaware, Matsy moved to New York City in 2010 to study Theatre Arts at Pace University. While she focused (of course) on costume design and fabrication, she additionally learned about stagecraft, makeup, scenic and prop design. She also took advantage of Pace's visual art and art history programs, to round out her education. Studying in NYC gave her the opportunity to work professionally while still in college, which provided invaluable hands-on experience. Once out of school, she utilized the wide range skills she learned in her classes, jobs and internships to continue working professionally as a costume designer, as well as a stylist for fashion shoots, commercials, and various bands in the NYC music scene. She strives to collaborate creatively in her work both onstage and in other settings.
Matsy's love of fashion, sewing, and crafting led her to spend a year as the content intern for DIY lifestyle blog P.S. I Made This. After that came to an end, she worked as the fashion editor for the online magazine Muse Print for the entirety of its short-lived publication. She is the co-owner of @MatsyRad, an instagram storefront with partner Rad Pereira. The shop not only operates online, but offers personal shopping services and hosts live bazaars.
In 2016, she costume designed a feature length horror film with James Franco and Rabbit Bandini as executive producers. Her costume and scenic designs were seen in September of 2017 in the immersive play, A Ribbon About A Bomb on Governors Island. For this show, she collaborated with fashion brand Nineteenth Amendment to select designer garments to be featured on various actors as part of an exclusive partnership in association with New York Fashion Week.
From 2017-2018, she created digital content for Seventeen Magazine's video series Fashion to DIY For. Most popularly, she shared easy, no-sewing required Halloween costume ideas for the 10-18 age demographic. (Check out a video here!) . In the following months they released many more DIY videos, including a season sponsored by Converse Sneakers.
Recently, she created original costumes for Chrysalis, an immersive dance piece featuring company members from the New York City Ballet. In January & February, she designed the costumes for a play, and mentored students interested in design with Yale University’s Dramatic Association
This fall, Matsy will be working on her third show with Bluelaces Theatre Company, to design costumes for the world premiere of Muse, a new show built for kids with developmental differences and autism. Following that, she will be designing the musical Miracle on 34th Street, which will be played at The Argyle Theatre in Babylon Long Island. In December, she will be working on a film version of the musical Marry Harry, which will be available via Streaming Musicals next year.
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