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Playwright

Matt
Schatz

Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. He's thrilled to return to the Geffen after being a member of the Geffen Playhouse Writers' Room program in 2018-2019. He looks forward to premiering his pandemic-postponed true-crime musical A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill at the Geffen in a future production to be directed by Mike Donahue. Other plays and musicals include Untitled (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, 2021) The Burdens (The O'Neill, City Theatre, Bloomington Playwright's Project, Play-Per View), No One Sings Like You Anymore (Seattle Rep Commission), I Battled Lenny Ross (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Georama (St. Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, NYMF), Where Ever It May Be (CLO Spark Festival), Dunkfest '88 (Ars Nova), Love Trapezoid (Astoria Performing Arts Center), and The Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage). Awards include The Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre, The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theater Award, The Reva Shiner Comedy Award, the New York Musical Festival Outstanding Lyrics Award, and Broadway World Pittsburgh's Original Script of the Decade Award. Matt has been the recipient of five Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commissions; the most recent is an in-progress science musical with playwright Anna Ziegler. Non-theater work includes composing the songs for Season Three of the hit Spotify/Gimlet podcast series The Two Princes, and television and film projects developed for Fox, USA, TBS, Warner Bros, CBS, EOne, and others. Most recently, Matt wrote for Taika Waititi's upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation for Netflix Animation. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.