Biography

Matthew A. Everett (Writer)

Currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matthew holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Of his eleven earlier short works written at ISU, eight received productions and eight won awards in writing competitions.

Matthew’s current plays include, “Heaven and Home, “ “Studpuppy,” “The Bronze Bitch Flies At Noon,” “Dandelion Snow,” “The Surface of the World,” and the Christmas musical “The Hopes and Fears of All the Years.”

His screenplays include “Make Me” and “Heaven and Home.”

Matthew is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, and a Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Writing for the Theater.

He and his stage plays have been finalists for the O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights’ Conference, the Heideman Award at the Actors Theater of Louisville, the Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship, and a nominee for Best Production of the Year by GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

His screenplays have been finalists for the Independent Feature Project (IFP)-North/ McKnight Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship Competition, Outfest Screenwriting Competition, Morrow Screenwriting Fellowship and a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Independent Film Fund.

His scripts have been seen on stages throughout Minneapolis including The Loring Playhouse, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis Theater Garage, The Jungle Theater, Cedar Riverside People’s Center, Pillsbury House Theater, Four Seasons Dance Studio, and The Playwrights’ Center. His work has also been produced in Los Angeles, California, and Pennsylvania.

New works have been commissioned by Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and California State University, Fullerton.

Matthew is the host of the local television show "Cue To Cue: A Conversation About Theater In The Twin Cities," which brings local performers and theater companies into the TV studio to present samples of their work and speak about their artistic missions. "Cue To Cue" is regularly seen both on SPNN, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (Channel 19), and TPT-17, St. Paul's public TV station serving the Greater Twin Cities viewing area. He is also a popular blogger annually as a roving reporter/reviewer for the Minnesota Fringe Festival on their website (www.fringefestival.org). Matthew ran the weekly new play reading series, the General Members Roundtable, for The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis for four years. He also served for two years on the Theater Arts panel for the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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