Matt August is a theatre director specializing in new plays and musicals, Shakespeare, comedies and holiday classics.
Matt has enjoyed directing and developing work on Broadway, at theatres all over the country, for LORT, non-profit and commercial producers.
He was recently a finalist for the 2016 TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award for mid-career directors. His productions have been: recognized with nominations and awards from the Ovation, Helen Hayes, Mac, Bay Area Critics, Broadway World, and Australia’s Helpmann Awards. They have been showcased at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show and even performed at The White House. They have appeared on Year End Top-Ten lists for the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Arizona Republic, Oakland Tribune, Tuscon Sun, San Jose Mercury News and NPR/KQED.
Matt has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Old Globe Theatre, Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Acting Company, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Juilliard School, San Francisco’s Zen Center as well as directing and assisting at many other regional theatres.
He is a protégé of theatre director Jack O’Brien, working with O’Brien on Broadway for four years (’00-’04). Earlier in August’s career, he worked with many other directors ranging from Gordon Davidson, John Rando and Nicholas Martin to Stephen Wadsworth, Libby Appel and Robert Wilson.
As an active member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, he is currently on the Los Angeles Steering Committee, the LORT Negotiating Committee and the L.A. Intimate Theatre Contract Negotiating Team.
August has mentored several upcoming directors through the Drama League and SDC Foundation, guest taught/lectured at universities and colleges throughout the country and served on the Drama League Directing Fellowship selection committees and SDC Board Nominating committees. He also sits on the Artistic Advisory Board for the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles.
In addition to theatre he was awarded the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant and directed the short family film “How to Get to Candybar” which has played at festivals around the world and twice been awarded “Best Comedy Short.”
August holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.