Matthew Libby

Matthew Libby

Matthew Libby is a writer and actor currently living in Brooklyn, by way of Los Angeles. His play Data is the winner of the 2020 Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, and is scheduled to receive its world premiere at the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in the 20/21 season. He is a Princess Grace Award finalist and two-time O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist, and his work has been produced and...
Matthew Libby is a writer and actor currently living in Brooklyn, by way of Los Angeles. His play Data is the winner of the 2020 Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, and is scheduled to receive its world premiere at the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in the 20/21 season. He is a Princess Grace Award finalist and two-time O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist, and his work has been produced and developed by Theater Masters, The Kennedy Center, The Barrow Group, The Road Theater Company, WNYU’s Theatre-in-the-Sound, and more. With Stanford Repertory Theater, Matt helped devise and acted in The Many Faces of Farce, which was nominated for a 2018 Bay Area Critics Award for Best Production. As a screenwriter, he is developing projects with eOne and Australia's Common Thread Entertainment, and his work has been recognized by The Black List and Script Pipeline. Matt studied cognitive science and creative writing at Stanford University, and completed his MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received the Chair’s Award for Distinguished Achievement and was nominated for the Goldberg Playwriting Prize.

Plays

  • Data
    2020 Winner, Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

    Maneesh is a brilliant entry-level programmer at Athena Technologies, a data-mining firm deep in Silicon Valley. Content to work in the low-stress environment of User Experience, Maneesh has a crisis of conscience when he is offered a transfer to the more-central Data Analytics team, and learns the true nature of Athena’s...
    2020 Winner, Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

    Maneesh is a brilliant entry-level programmer at Athena Technologies, a data-mining firm deep in Silicon Valley. Content to work in the low-stress environment of User Experience, Maneesh has a crisis of conscience when he is offered a transfer to the more-central Data Analytics team, and learns the true nature of Athena’s work. Torn between the idealism of his friend Riley and the fierce company loyalty of his mentor Jonah, Maneesh is forced to come to terms with his own identity, and decide the personal and societal cost of his work — all while learning the extent to which Athena is willing to go to hide its secrets.
  • The Machine
    2019 Finalist, Princess Grace Award, New Dramatists

    Laney Chamberlain is an acclaimed poet-turned-professor with a severe case of writer’s block. One day, she is approached by the CEO of a tech company with a strange proposition: he wants to design an artificially intelligent computer program that will create works replicating her poetic voice – in other words, a machine that can write her poetry...
    2019 Finalist, Princess Grace Award, New Dramatists

    Laney Chamberlain is an acclaimed poet-turned-professor with a severe case of writer’s block. One day, she is approached by the CEO of a tech company with a strange proposition: he wants to design an artificially intelligent computer program that will create works replicating her poetic voice – in other words, a machine that can write her poetry. This sends Laney through a journey of self-discovery, as she struggles with her identity as an artist in academia, with a tragedy in her recent past, and with the question: what does it mean to lead a creative life?
  • The Companion
    2020 Winner, Take Ten, Theater Masters

    A chance encounter between a lonely trucker and a dying robot on the side of the road.