- Mat Smart
Mat Smart’s recent world premieres include Kill Local at the La Jolla Playhouse (nominated for Outstanding New Play by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle) and The Agitators: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass at Geva Theatre Center. This season, The Agitators will be produced at Park Square Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Mosaic Theatre Company and Theatre Conspiracy. He is currently under commission by The Second City and the La Jolla Playhouse to write The Elephants, a comedy about white privilege. Other plays include: The Royal Society of Antarctica (The Gift Theatre, 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work; Stage West), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Steppenwolf; Passage Theatre Company), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre; Huntington Theatre Company), Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Critics’ Pick in The New York Times; Theatre Wit) and Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva Theatre Center; Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Smart has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards and was the recipient of the 2014 Otis L. Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts. Smart earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Evansville and his master’s degree at the University of California, San Diego. An avid traveler and baseball fan, he has been to all 50 states, all seven continents and all of the current MLB stadiums. A native of Naperville, Ill., he currently lives in Manhattan.