MATTHEW COLE KELLY is a queer playwright, librettist, lyricist, and screenwriter whose work has been produced and developed throughout the US and world, garnering nominations for over twenty awards and honors. Previous developmental credits include Abingdon Theatre, Luna Stage, Metropolitan Playhouse, HRC Showcase Theatre, the NJ Play Lab, California’s Talk Back Theatre, Loose Change Productions, the Makor Steinhardt Center, Turn Park Art Space, and Occupy Wall Street, among many others. Recently, his play THE GODS OF THE OZARKS received a full production by Dublin’s AboutFACE Theatre, garnering praise from Ireland’s largest national newspaper for “explor[ing] profound questions of life and death with a playful touch.” Future projects include the opera AMI & TAMI, which has been translated into Italian for a winter production at the Teatro Coccia di Novara. Matthew is currently in residence at the NJ Play Lab, where he will debut a 29-hour reading of his new play WE VICTORIANS, and at New York City’s Letter of Marque Theater, where he is developing an immersive play that explores faith, religion, and science in a 17th Century French casino. He is also in residence at NYC’s Floating Tower, where he is developing several musicals with composer Mátti Kovler.
Matthew’s plays have been nominated as finalist or semifinalist for the Abingdon Theatre’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award, the Bloomington Playwright Project’s Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the College of Charleston’s Todd McNerney Playwriting Award, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Excellence in Playwriting (twice), the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, ScreenCraft’s Stage Play Contest, the Shakespeare in the Berg Award, and the New York City Screenplay Contest Stage Play Category. His screenplays have been nominated as finalist or semifinalist in ScreenCraft’s Comedy Screenplay Competition (twice), the Cannes Screenplay Contest, the Richmond International Film & Music Festival, the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition, the Los Angeles International Screenplay Competition, the Creative World Awards, the Emerging Screenwriter Awards, the ISA Fast Track Fellowship, and the New York City Screenplay Contest in the Comedy Category.
Matthew studied playwriting at Brown University under the tutelage of Paula Vogel before earning a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and History from Columbia University. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Librettist Workshop.