Matthew Ryan
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MATTHEW RYAN is a multi-award winning writer for the stage and screen. His theatre work includes: Brisbane (Queensland Theatre Company 2015), Kelly (Queensland Theatre Company National Australian Tour 2015/Queensland Theatre Company 2012), Packed co-written with Lucas Stibbard (The Escapists/Hothouse Theatre 2014), The Harbinger co-written with David Morton (Critical Stages National Australian Tour 2014/Dead Puppet Society/La Boite Theatre Company 2012), boy girl wall co-written with Lucas Stibbard (The Escapists/Melbourne Theatre Company 2012/Critical Stages Australian National Tour 2012/La Boite Theatre Company 2011/Hothouse Theatre 2011/Adelaide Fringe 2010/Metro Arts 2010/2009), French Twist (Queensland Theatre Company 2011 as ‘Sacre Bleu’), Attack Of The Attacking Attackers (La Boite Theatre Company 2008), Summer Wonderland (La Boite Theatre Company 2007), Chasing The Whale (La Boite Theatre Company 2005/ATYP 2000 as ‘The Dance of Jeremiah’) and So You Die A Little co-written with Tony Brockman (Pandemonium Theatre 1998).

Matthew’s screenplay Wonderland is currently in film development with New Holland Pictures. In 2010, Matthew was chosen for Screen Queensland’s prestigious Writers Room Initiative to develop his new screenplay River City.

Matthew has been published by both Currency Press (Brisbane, Kelly, boy girl wall) and Playlab Press (The Dance of Jeremiah, Summer Wonderland, The Harbinger, Plays From The Top Of The Stairs).

Matthew received the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work for Brisbane in 2016 and Attack of the Attacking Attackers in 2008. His play Kelly was shortlisted for the Helpmann Award for Best Touring Production in 2015 and he won the Queensland Theatre Company’s George Landen Dann Award for Chasing The Whale (as ‘The Dance of Jeremiah’) in 2000.

Matthew is a co-founder of the award winning theatre-making group The Escapists.

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