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Matthew Ivan Bennett

Matthew Ivan Bennett has been a Resident Playwright of Plan-B Theatre Company since 2007, where he has premiered several stage plays and ten radio plays, including an adaptation of Frankenstein, the dystopian-thriller Stand, and full-lengths such as A\Version of Events, Eric(a)—which won Best Drama at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York—and Mesa Verde. In 2015 and 2016, he was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival for his screenplays The Memory Thief and Finger on the Button (co-written with Mark David Matthews). His play Let Down Your Hair was a 2016 finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Conference. Art & Class was a semi-finalist in 2019. His comedy A Night with the Family was at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Pygmalion in Salt Lake City in 2013. His writing frequently centers on Utah, as with Block 8, his play about the Japanese-American internment at Topaz. Matt also serves as Assistant Business Manager at PioneerTheatre Company, as part-time Literary Manager for The Constructivists in Milwaukee, and is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. His poetry has been published by the Western Humanities Review and Sugar House Review. Matt was born and raised in Taylorsville, Utah and currently resides in Midvale


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