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matthew paul olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and Labor/Delivery nurse. 

 i put the fear of méxico in’em @ teatro vista; pictured Mavin Quijada, Bryn W. Packard, Cheryl Graeff; photo by Art Carrillo He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), 2019 Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident Playwright, National Latino Playwriting Awardee from Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab Playwright, Center Theatre Group LA Writers Workshop playwright, Humanitas Prize Workshop playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, and was named the inagural La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Awardee by Sam Shepard. 

Dramatists Guild Fellow, New York Theatre Workshop Fellow; Echo Theater Resident Playwright, Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group playwright; Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist, INTAR H.P.R.L playwright, Rising Circle Collective writer, terraNOVA Collective playwright, and is a Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member. 

A two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite (mentored by Ruth Maleczech/Terry O'Reilly); awarded “Top Prize of the Americas” by the BBC 2011 International Playwriting Competition for his play The Nature of Captivity; published by Samuel French.

the nature of captivity @ Mabou Mines/Suite; pictured chantel cherisse lucier and Sarah Nina Hayon; photo by Christopher Marston

Awarded the Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship for his play i put the fear of mexico in’em (published by Samuel French) which world-premiered in Chicago at Theater with A View/Teatro Vista. It has also been developed and/or presented by INTAR Theatre, The Working Theatre, LaMicro, Lark Play Development Center, The Kennedy Center with The Inkwell, and the Gala Theatre in DC.  It was also the 2012 Repertorio Español’s MetLife Nuestras Voces 3rd Place Winner and on the syllabus at a Rutger’s University course taught by Caridad Svich. It is also published by NoPassport Press.

Sam Shepard named him the inaugural recipient of La MaMa e.t.c. Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award, for which La MaMa produced his play so go the ghosts of méxico, part one, the first in his 3-play cycle about the U.S./Mexico drug wars. Directed by The Public Theater's Director of Devised Theater Initiative and Under the Radar Director Meiyin Wang, the production played a sold-out run and was a New York Times Critic's Pick. It will soon be published by Samuel French and NoPassport Press. The Spanish version of the play has premiered in México and premiered Repertorio Español, NYC in 2014.

Holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Actor’s Studio Drama School (now New School for Drama), a B.A. in Playwriting from UC Santa Barbara, and was given UCLA’s GOP Award for Graduate Playwriting. He was the co-founder and former Artistic Director of woken’glacier theatre company (two-time New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee), a member of NoPassport, a National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development reader, a New York Innovative Awards judge, selection committee member for Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights’ Week and Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship. 

so go the ghosts of méxico, part one @ La MaMa e.t.c.; pictured: Bernardo Cubria, Laura Butler Rivera; photo by Steven Chreiber A regular essayist to The Brooklyn Rail's In Dialogue series, where he has written  essays published on the work of Carla Ching, Kristoffer Diaz, Young Jean Lee, Dominique Morisseau, Tommy Smith, Saviana Stanescu, and Lloyd Suh.  He is a regular essayist for New York Theatre Review, where he has written pieces ranging from the work of Belarus Free Theatre, Under the Radar, The TEAM, The Assembly as well as other downtown theater artists. 

He was recently invited by New York Theatre Workshop to develop a new devised piece about American Nationalism through their Adelphi Resideny with director Luke Harlan and designer Nick Benaceraf. He is also working on a new piece about E. Howard Hunt's involvment in Watergate and the third play in his 3-play cycle so go the ghosts of méxico, which focuses on the U.S./México drug wars and will be produced by Undermain Theatre in 2018-19.

Also working on an original pilot and an original screenplay. 

Though he lives in New York City, he is PADI certified scuba diver, and whenever he is back home in southern California is learning (slowly, and with great difficulty) to surf.