Paul Matteson grew up in Cumberland, Maine and began dancing after walking into the community improvisation class, “Dancing from the Inside out.” He then studied with Peter Schmitz, Andrea Olsen and Penny Campbell at Middlebury College. While at Middlebury, he received The National Student Choreographer award by Dance Magazine for his work at the American College Dance Festival. Paul received his MFA from Bennington College. Professionally he has danced with Creach/Company, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Laurie McCloud, Peter Schmitz, Jamie Bishton, Lisa Race Dance, and David Dorfman Dance and has collaborated with Karinne Keithley and Lisa Gonzales. Paul received the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 2002 while a member of the David Dorfman Dance. Most recently he has been a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company originating the role of Abraham Lincoln in Jones' recent work Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray (2011). His choreography has been shown at DTW (Fresh Tracks), St. Mark’s Church (Food for Thought), New York University, Middlebury College, The University of Utah, University Settlement, The DanceNow Festival, Context Studios, Symphony Space, and Judson Church. Nugent+Matteson Dance, founded in 2005 with dancer Jennifer Nugent, supports the two artists' individual choreography, performing, and teaching.
“Their resilience, their ability to duplicate moves when they dance side by side, and the speed with which each can accommodate to the other’s new ideas bespeak understanding and respect, and symbolize love.” Deborah Jowitt – The Village Voice