Mat Smart is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, where he was a McKnight Advancement Grant and two-time Jerome Fellowship recipient. His play, Samuel J. and K., premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival and featured Owiso Odera and Justin Long (subsequent productions include Steppenwolf for Young Adults and Passage Theatre). Other plays: The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre and LiveWire) and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference). Current works-in-progress include Tinker to Evers to Chance (PlayLabs) and The Steadfast (workshops at Asolo Rep and ATC in Chicago), which is a commission from the painter Steve Alpert. Previous commissions include South Coast Rep and Huntington. Co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in NYC. MFA: UCSD. An avid baseball fan, Mat has seen games at 28 of the current MLB stadiums.
Current Project: After spending two and a half months as a janitor at McMurdo Station, the United States Antarctic science facility, Mat Smart comes to SPACE to write a new play showcasing how the collision of an extreme environment, ground-breaking science, and people finding or running from love makes for a potent and innovative theatrical experience.