Matthew Paul Olmos
Resident Playwright2014 -- 2021
Matthew Paul Olmos is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist, 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, and inaugural La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award as selected by Sam Shepard. A 2013-14 Dramatists Guild Fellow, 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop Fellow, Primary Stages Writer's Group, Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member. Two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite (mentored by Ruth Maleczech); “Top Prize of the Americas” by the BBC 2011 International Playwriting Competition for The Nature of Captivity; published by Samuel French. Awarded Sundance’s Storytelling Fellowship for i put the fear of mexico in’em; produced by Teatro Vista 2012; published by Samuel French and NoPassport Press; on the syllabus at Rutger’s University. Currently working on the drinking of an un'happy people about American nationalism, a play inspired by the shooting outside of UC Santa Barbara and the third play in his 3-play cycle so go the ghosts of méxico, which focuses on the U.S./México drug wars. The first play in this cycle was produced by La MaMa e.t.c in the spring of 2013, directed by Meiyin Wang and has since premiered in Mexico, and in Spanish in New York City. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.
Matthew Paul Olmos' the living'life of the daughter mira has been named the winner of Arizona Theatre Company's 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award (NLPA), and the recipient of the $1000 prize. 2015 marks the 20th year of the competition.
The National Latino Playwriting Award was established by Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein and Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero to create a greater awareness of the work being done by Latino and Latina playwrights across the nation.