"[McCray] distinguishes himself as one of the most plugged in theatre makers in LA."
− KCRW, Opening the Curtain
Matthew McCray is a director, producer, performer and video designer living and working in Los Angeles. His productions have garnered acclaim and awards from the top outlets in Los Angeles including the LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Ovation Awards, SAGE Awards and the NAACP Awards. Matthew has directed productions and workshops at Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory (StudioSCR), Deaf West Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, Circle X, Son of Semele, Moving Arts, Rogue Machine, Chapman University, CalArts, among others. For this direction of Our Class Matthew received a SAGE Award, an LA Drama Critics Circle Award and nominations from Ovation Awards and LA Weekly Theatre Awards. His direction of Martin Crimp’s The City also earned him an LA Weekly nomination and in 2007 he received an LA Weekly Award for Multi-Media/Projections for his co-design of Iphigenia… A Rave Fable by Caridad Svich.
Matthew has produced over 30 plays in LA for Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE), a theater company he founded in 2000 and which was profiled in 2004 by American Theatre. Producing highlights include SOSE's 2002 musical production of Peter Hall's Animal Farm (which took home two Ovation Awards and garnered seven total nominations) and SOSE's 2013 production of Our Class which was one of the most acclaimed Los Angeles productions of the year. As an independent producer Matthew has self-produced a number of his own works including Earthlings and ETERNAL THOU, his play about network neutrality which was remounted at South Coast Repertory's StudioSCR in 2013.
As a performer he has performed on the stages of REDCAT, Disney, REPRISE!, Overtone Industries, Theatre @ Boston Court, Musical Theatre West, Shakespeare Orange County, SOSE, as well as on the TV shows Parenthood, New Girl, Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Cure (pilot), and the feature film The Commission (starring Martin Sheen, Edward Asner and Martin Landau). Matthew has served on panels at CalArts, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and LA Stage Alliance, among others. He is the Secretary of the Intimate wing of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles. BFA, Chapman University. Member: SDC, AEA & SAG/AFTRA.