Mat SmartJerome Fellowships 2009 // Jerome Fellowships 2008 // McKnight Advancement Grants 2010 // Core Writers 2010 // Core Writers 2011 // Core Writers 2012 // Core Writers 2013
Mat Smart is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, where he was a McKnight Advancement Grant and two-time Jerome Fellowship recipient. Samuel J. and K. premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival starring Justin Long and Owiso Odera (subsequent productions include Steppenwolf and Passage Theatre). Other plays include: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre and LiveWire in Chicago) and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference). He has been commissioned by South Coast Rep and Huntington. Co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in NYC. MFA: UCSD. An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mat has been to 28 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states and 6 continents – including a recent stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He is currently a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages and this summer, he will be in The Working Farm, the inaugural writer’s group at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He lives in Brooklyn.