Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. His plays and musicals include A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse), Untitled (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, ASCAP Workshop), The Burdens (The O’Neill, City Theatre, Bloomington Playwright’s Project), Georama (St. Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, NYMF), I Battled Lenny Ross (Ensemble Studio Theatre), 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, and New York Musical Festival Outstanding Lyrics Award. He is currently working on commissions from Seattle Rep (with Wendy C. Goldberg) and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation (with Anna Ziegler). Matt is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, the WGA, ASCAP, Playwrights Union, and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
He is an alumnus of the Geffen Playhouse Writers’ Room, EST’s Youngblood, P73’s Interstate 73, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. As a writer for television and film, Matt has developed for Fox Television Studios, USA/Universal Cable Productions, TBS/Will Packer Productions, Fullscreen, eOne, and others. Matt was born in Camden, New Jersey, and he currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jenna Hymes, a librarian for the Television Academy. He is currently a writer for Netflix Animation.