DIRECTOR • STAGE MANAGER
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.
— DR. SEUSS
photo by: Matthew Murphy
Matt is a New York City based director and stage manager. He is heading to South Korea in the Spring of 2021 to re-stage Beetlejuice for its run in Seoul at the Sejong Center! He directed the recent North American tour and Off-Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong and was the Associate Director for the first national tour of The Color Purple and the second national tour of Rock of Ages.
As a Production Stage Manager, Matt helmed the Broadway productions of Beetlejuice, The Play That Goes Wrong, the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Rock of Ages. In March 2020, he was gearing up for the opening of Sing Street, which is now on hiatus before its anticipated Broadway opening due to the COVID pandemic shutdown. Matt also worked as the PSM for the world premieres of A Walk on the Moon (A.C.T.), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), and Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story (Off-Broadway). Other stage management credits include Broadway Bares 2017, Broadway Backwards 6, 7 & 8, and over 12 productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Steel Magnolias, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Full Monty.
Corporate event work includes projects with Empire Entertainment, David Stark Design, and Civic Entertainment. Favorites are projects with Target, McDonald’s, and the AMC Upfronts. Matt is on the faculty at Columbia University and SUNY Purchase and has guest lectured at several universities including Yale and Carnegie Mellon. He graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University.
Since the time he was a kid and was mounting full-scale productions full of neighborhood kids in his backyard, Matt has been an avid storyteller. He is a self-proclaimed musical theatre geek and his star turn as Seymour in his middle school production of Little Shop of Horrors is still talked about! Favorite color is blue, favorite food is macaroni and cheese, favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, and favorite vacation is one to Disney World! Matt currently lives in South Orange, NJ with his boyfriend, Joey, and his cute Morkie, Max.