Matt Gould's Witness Uganda (co-written with Griffin Matthews) is the recipient of ASCAP's Dean Kay Award and Harold Adamson Award and has received a Disney/ASCAP workshop with Stephen Schwartz and a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project. Matt is also working on a commission for Yale Rep with playwright Carson Kreitzer on a new musical called Lempicka. He wrote and directed Free Style for LA's REPRISE Theatre Company (commissioned by Jason Alexander), wrote Twilight in Manchego (directed by Billy Porter) in the NYMF (Jonathan Larson Foundation Award), was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons to write music for Lucy Thurber's Dillingham City, composed music for Dreyfus In Rehearsal (Off-Broadway) and translated, adapted and directed Romeo and Juliet in Pulaar (Mauritania, West Africa.) He was a composing fellow in New Dramatist's Composer/Librettist studio and has composed and arranged music for Grammy Winner Desmond Child, Terrence McNally, Vanessa Williams, and more. His music has been performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Saban Theatre (LA), Symphony Space (NYC), Joe's Pub, New World Stages, Huntington Theatre Company (Boston), Rattlestick (NYC), and Summit Series. http://www.mattgouldinc.com. Griffin Matthews graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an accomplished writer, director and actor who splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He co-wrote (book, music, and lyrics) and directed Witness Uganda (Harold Adamson Award/Dean Kay Award), a musical based on the formation of his grassroots non-profit organization: Uganda Project. Witness Uganda was invited to perform at Rattlestick Theater's [email protected] Good Plays Festival and The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop hosted by Stephen Schwartz. He has spoken and performed at the Lido Consulting Conference, Summit Series Base Camp, North Allegheny Senior High school commencement speaker, and was honored to give the commencement address at The Ellis School (his mother's alma mater) in Pittsburgh, PA. As an actor, he has appeared on television, film, commercials and webseries including People.com's I heart DWTS, a critically acclaimed online weekly web series recap of Dancing with the Stars for People Magazine that he wrote and starred in for two seasons. More information at http://www.TEDxWallStreet.com About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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