MATT LENZ is a New York based freelance theater director who has
worked all over the world with many of the industry's biggest and brightest
talents. Matt was the Associate Director to Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien on the
original production of Hairspray on Broadway, National Tours, Las Vegas, the UK, Toronto and in Cologne, Germany. Matt was also the Associate Director for Catch Me If You Can on Broadway and directed the 2012-13 first national tour. He directed acclaimed Hairspray productions at The Paper Mill Playhouse, the St. Louis MUNY as well as 3 national tours and a ground-breaking production in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Other credits include: the Off-Broadway hit comedy The Irish Curse at Soho Rep, Idaho! for New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner “Best Director” and “Best Show of Fest” Awards 2008) and at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Susie Mosher’s The Great Daisy Theory Off-Broadway, Fingers and Toes at NYMF, The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken: WICKED's 5th Anniversary at the Gershwin Theater, Saint Heaven, a world premiere musical at The Stamford Center for the Arts, The Irish Curse for the NY International Fringe Festival, [title of show] at the George Street Playhouse, Les Miserables, God of Carnage, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Dirty Blond 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 & Tim Rice's Aida at The MUNY and at Gateway Playhouse, 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 Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy.
Matt is the Associate Director for The Velocity of Autumn on Broadway and Carnegie Hall's star-studded Guys and Dolls concert. He was the Resident Director for Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and National Tours. Also for Disney Theatrical, he was Associate Director on Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida in its World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Matt directed the current Off-Broadway revival of Pageant: The Musical and is developing several Broadway musicals including Chasing Rainbows and Dust and Shadow. He regularly teaches master classes and workshops in NYC and around the country at universities and for performing arts organizations. He received the 2010 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director, is a teaching artist for the Broadway Dreams Foundation and a Member of SDC.