Matt Schatz

Matt Schatz

Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. He won the 2012 Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre for Love Trapezoid (Astoria Performing Arts Center). Other plays and musicals include The Burdens (2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seattle Rep’s The Other Season), Dunkfest ’88 (Ars Nova) Georama (St. Louis Rep, GRSF, NYMF), I Battled Lenny Ross (EST), Oh, Gastronomy! (Humana Fest), The Tallest Building in...
Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. He won the 2012 Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre for Love Trapezoid (Astoria Performing Arts Center). Other plays and musicals include The Burdens (2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seattle Rep’s The Other Season), Dunkfest ’88 (Ars Nova) Georama (St. Louis Rep, GRSF, NYMF), I Battled Lenny Ross (EST), Oh, Gastronomy! (Humana Fest), The Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage), AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (Playwrights Union First Peek), and Where Ever It May Be (EST/Sloan Commission). Matt has been a finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, Jonathan Larson Award, Fred Ebb Award, and the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. Member: ASCAP, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Union, and Writers Guild of America, West. Alum: Youngblood and Interstate 73 writers groups and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. MFA: Carnegie Mellon. BFA: University of the Arts. Also a TV writer, Matt has written pilots for Fox Television Studios, the USA Network, and TBS and Fullscreen. Matt was born in Camden, New Jersey and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jenna Hymes.

Plays

  • AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
    Beth is an ambitious literary manager at a non-profit theater company in New York City. When a well-known white male playwright misbehaves, a slot opens up in the theater’s current season. Beth risks everything to fight for a play set in Kenya by an emerging female playwright. But Beth’s artistic director has another writer in mind and this writer might just be a genius! AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN...
    Beth is an ambitious literary manager at a non-profit theater company in New York City. When a well-known white male playwright misbehaves, a slot opens up in the theater’s current season. Beth risks everything to fight for a play set in Kenya by an emerging female playwright. But Beth’s artistic director has another writer in mind and this writer might just be a genius! AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is a satire about celebrity worship, identity politics, love, sex, death, truth, money, privilege, and everything else we contend with when trying to decide what stories are worth telling.
  • The Burdens
    Mordy is a struggling musician living in Los Angeles. His older sister Jane is a successful attorney and a mother of three in New Jersey. But when their widowed mother's life becomes emotionally and financially taxed by her terrible, centenarian father, these two adult siblings are drawn together into an elaborate plot to relieve their mother’s burden and their own. Told almost entirely via text messages,...
    Mordy is a struggling musician living in Los Angeles. His older sister Jane is a successful attorney and a mother of three in New Jersey. But when their widowed mother's life becomes emotionally and financially taxed by her terrible, centenarian father, these two adult siblings are drawn together into an elaborate plot to relieve their mother’s burden and their own. Told almost entirely via text messages, The Burdens is a dark, family comedy about how technology helps keep us close, while still enabling us to keep our distance. It’s sometimes easier to type something than it is to say it face to face. But please, be careful of auto-correct. It can be murder.
  • GEORAMA: An American Panorama Told on Three Miles of Canvas
    Book by West Hyler and Matt Schatz. Music and lyrics by Matt Schatz. Additional music and lyrics by Jack Herrick. In the 1850s, John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him.
    Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty...
    Book by West Hyler and Matt Schatz. Music and lyrics by Matt Schatz. Additional music and lyrics by Jack Herrick. In the 1850s, John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him.
    Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. It was called the Georama.
    Today an examination of most reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. This musical tells his story.
  • Love Trapezoid
    Things were looking up for Betty Lou Mandell. She just wrote a musical. She just met a boy. But when her beloved composer/collaborator dies suddenly, she finds herself unable to move on. Or write. In an effort to help her with both problems, her new boyfriend invents a music-composing robot. Instead, Betty Lou uses this robot to bring her late collaborator back from the dead. Sort of. When this new “...
    Things were looking up for Betty Lou Mandell. She just wrote a musical. She just met a boy. But when her beloved composer/collaborator dies suddenly, she finds herself unable to move on. Or write. In an effort to help her with both problems, her new boyfriend invents a music-composing robot. Instead, Betty Lou uses this robot to bring her late collaborator back from the dead. Sort of. When this new “collaboration” begins to affect her other relationships, Betty Lou must choose between being a writer and being a girlfriend in this musical comedy that examines art, technology, and everything we use to grieve the loss of someone that we love.
  • Dunkfest '88
    Summer of ’88: a handful of larger-than-life ballers show up at a local gym to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in an annual slam-dunk contest. But unexpected drama takes center court in this hip-hop musical comedy about dope beats, fly dunks and second chances.
  • The Tallest Building in the World
    With equal measure of ego and genius, a young New York engineer sets out to build the world's tallest building - an easy task, as long as he can get his architect, the owner of the Empire State Building, and the Laws of Physics to cooperate. Based on actual events, The Tallest Building in the World examines the 1960s birth of the World Trade Center towers and what is gained and what is lost when we try to reach the sky.