Matt Schatz

Matt Schatz, Author of THE BURDENS

Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. Upcoming musicals include A Wicked Soul In Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse, Edgerton New Play Award) and An Untitled New Play By Justin Timberlake (City Theatre/Pittsburgh CLO). Other plays and musicals include The Door You Never Saw Before (Geffen Stayhouse), 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. Matt was a writer for Netflix Animation’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Matt has worked as a story consultant on projects for Taika Waititi, Lynn Nottage and others. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.