Mat Smart is the recipient of the 2014 New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts. Plays include: NAPERVILLE (Slant Theatre Project in Fall 2014), TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE (Geva in May 2014), THE STEADFAST (Slant, published by Dramatists Play Service), SAMUEL J. AND K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf and Passage Theatre), THE HOPPER COLLECTION (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company, published by Broadway Play Publishing), THE 13TH OF PARIS (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre and LiveWire in Chicago), THE BEBOP HEARD IN OKINAWA (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference) and THE DEBATE OVER COURTNEY O’CONNELL OF COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA (Slant, Chalk Rep, Bryant Lake Bowl, Boone’s Bar and Theatre 502). An alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Ars Nova’s Play Group, he is currently a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, a member of the Dorothy Strels in New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages, and was an inaugural member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He has been commissioned by South Coast Rep and Huntington. He has received two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. He is a co-founder of Slant Theatre Project. Undergrad: University of Evansville. MFA: UCSD. An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mat has been to all 30 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states and 6 continents — including a stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. His newest play, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTARCTICA, has received readings at Primary Stages, the Playwrights’ Center, and The New Harmony Project. He lives in Manhattan.