Matt Hoverman / Writer
The multi-talented Matt Hoverman writes witty comedies for television (Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program), the theatre (FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Playwriting) and film. He is also a professional actor, voice-over artist and teacher.
Plays include IN TRANSIT (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting), THE AUDIENCE (co-author, Drama Desk nomination for Best New Musical), THE STUDENT (winner, Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival), THE GLINT (Broadway reading starring Beau Bridges, Jean Smart, Michael McKean and SNL's Cecily Strong), THRILLSVILLE (George Street Playhouse reading starring Edie Falco, Richard Kind, Grant Shaud and Adriane Lenox), WHO YOU SEE HERE (La Jolla Playhouse workshop, directed by Christopher Ashley and productions at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse and the Barrow Group), CHRISTMAS SHORTS (published by Samuel French), SEARCHING FOR GOD IN SUBURBIA (Huntington Theatre Breaking Ground Festival) and more. Five of his short plays have been finalists for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. He has been in residence at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. His plays have been produced or developed by (among others) the La Jolla Playhouse, Naked Angels, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Barrow Group, the Huntington Theatre, The Acting Company, the Lark, Penguin Rep, the SoHo Playhouse, the Transport Group, IAMA Theatre Co. (CA), City Theatre (FL), Maples Rep (MO), Axial Theatre Company, Bricks Theatre (WI), Phoenix Theatre (IN), Las Vegas Little Theatre (NV), Modjeska Playhouse (CA), Guild Hall, Blessed Unrest, Miranda Theatre Company, Algonquin Productions and Vital Theatre Company.
As a TV writer, Matt won the 2014 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and the 2015 Humanitas Prize for Children's Animation for his work on the long-running PBS Kids TV show Arthur, and his Sofia the First script introducing Disney's first disabled princess won the 2018 Norman Lear Center Sentinel Award. He has written for Arthur (PBS), Curious George (NBC/Universal), Sofia the First (Disney Jr.), Goldie & Bear (Disney Jr.), Fancy Nancy (Disney Jr.) - for which he's been nominated for another Emmy, an Annie and three GLAAD awards - and he was head writer on Firebuds (Disney Junior) - and RoboGobo (Disney Junior), which he also developed for television. He co-wrote the screenplay for Any Day Now by Garage Films/Albert Uria; this short film has won 4 awards and is an official selection of over 30 film festivals and counting.
Also a classically trained actor, Matt has worked with some of the industry’s top directors (Joseph Chaikin, John Rando, Anne Bogart, etc.), on national tours (The Acting Company), off-B’way (Women’s Project), in major regional theatres (Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse), on TV (Late Night w/Conan O’Brien) and in many commercials. He also provides the voices for lots of cartoon characters on such Saturday morning hits as YU-GI-OH! and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
A widely respected teacher, Matt has midwived the creation of over 200 solo shows in his popular GO-SOLO workshops, including winners of the 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 FringeNYC Best Solo Show Awards. His teaching is the subject of a NY Times feature article and the documentary SOLO by Shannon Romines. For more about Matt's classes, visit GO-SOLO.org
Raised in West Redding, Connecticut by two transplanted Iowans, Matt studied playwriting at Brown University in Paula Vogel's graduate workshop as an undergrad (BA in Theatre) and acting at the University of California, San Diego (MFA in Acting). He currently resides in LA with his wife, the fabulously talented actress/playwright Katie Atcheson and their daughter.
Member: SAG-AFTRA, AEA, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
"FUNNY AND HEARTWARMING"
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