Matt Lenz - Director
Matt Lenz (Director) was the Associate Director for the original production of HAIRSPRAY on Broadway, National Tours, Las Vegas, Toronto and in Cologne, Germany and was recently the Associate Director for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN on Broadway. He directed recent HAIRSPRAY productions at The Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, as well as the NETworks National Tour and the ground-breaking production in Johannesburg, South Africa. Other directing credits include: the Off-Broadway hit comedy THE IRISH CURSE, [TITLE OF SHOW] at the George Street Playhouse, IDAHO! for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winning the “Best Director” and “Best Show of Fest” Awards 2008) and at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Susie Mosher’s THE GREAT DAISY THEORY Off-Bway, FINGERS AND TOES at NYMF 2010, THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD NOT TAKEN: WICKED’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY at the Gershwin Theater, Tisch School of the Arts Annual Awards Galas (’07 and ’08), SAINT HEAVEN, a world premiere musical at The Stamford Center for the Arts, THE IRISH CURSE for the NY International Fringe Festival, GOD OF CARNAGE at Zach Theatre in Austin, SOUTH PACIFIC at Casa Manana and North Carolina Theater, THE FULL MONTY at NCT, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The MUNY in St Louis, The North Carolina Theater and Michigan Opera Theater, ELTON JOHN and TIM RICE’S AIDA at The MUNY and at Gateway Playhouse, DIRTY BLOND and LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! at Zach Scott, the world premiere of Martin Casella’s SCITUATE at the Stamford Center for the Arts, CONFIDENTIALLY COLE at the Tiffany Theatre in LA, TWELFTH NIGHT, HAIR, THE TEN PERCENT REVUE, THE WHO’S TOMMY and the world premiere of Alan Ball’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TENSE GUY (Off-Broadway). For several years he was the Resident Director for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway and for the National Tours. Also for Disney Theatrical Productions, he was Associate Director on AIDA in its World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
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Matt gives seminars and workshops at universities around the country and will be directing forthcoming Broadway musicals; JOLSON starring Sam Harris and EMPIRE. Matt received the 2010 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director and is a member of SDC.