Matthew Freeman, Playwright

Matthew Freeman / Playwright



Matthew Freeman is a playwright, director and freelance writer. In New York City, he has been produced at the Access Theater; 4th Street Theater; The Brick Theater; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, The New Ohio, 80WSE Gallery, and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church.  His audio work has been a part of the HearNow Festival and Atlanta Fringe Radio.

His plays include The Language, Bluebeard, When is a Clock, Traveling to Montpelier, The Listeners (Nominee: Best Production - Performance Art: New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2015), Why We Left Brooklyn, That Which Isn't, The Starving Dress, The Most Wonderful Love, Glee Club, The Death of King Arthur, Confess Your Bubble, Cloud Cuckooland (with Djahari Clark) and Brandywine Distillery Fire.  His plays and monologues have been published by Samuel French, Applause, Smith & Kraus, NYTE, IndieTheaterNow and Playscripts.

As a director, Freeman has staged The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children by Matthew Trumbull at the NY International Fringe Festival 2012 (Encore Series; Award, Overall Excellence in Solo Performance) and the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2013. He has previously directed his own adaptation of the mystery plays, Genesis, with Handcart Ensemble and his play in the great expanse of space there is nothing to see but More, More, More. As an actor, he appeared in various Shakespeare productions with Gorilla Repertory Theater and Frog & Peach Theater, and his own An Interview with the Author at the Brick Theater’s “Pretentious Festival.”

As a freelance writer, he has been published by Maxim, Complex, Premiere and Samuel French’s Breaking Character. He has also served as the Assistant Producer/Senior Writer for the official webcast for New Year’s Eve live from Times Square from 2009-2011. He was the script writer for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, he has hosted the “New Books in Theater” podcast, and has hosted various “Playwrights in Conversation” nytheatrecasts on nytheatre.com.

Freeman is a graduate of Emerson College. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a proud resident playwright at New Dramatists.

He lives with Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Pam. He maintains the blog On Theatre and Politics at matthewfreeman.blogspot.com.

Along with Kyle Ancowitz, Freeman is a part of Theater Accident.