David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

David-Matthew wrote and directed the coming-of-age indie film Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC's Once Upon a Time), which received worldwide distribution. His acclaimed screenplay Boxcar is being produced by Kupenda Films, directed by Coen Haver, and shot on location in Europe. The film will premiere in 2018.

For his screenplay Made From Scratch, David-Matthew was named the 2017 Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A. For his screenplay Boxcar, David-Matthew received the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam. For his screenplay Tagged, David-Matthew received a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award for Best Screenplay Short and the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival. His two-woman screenplay Bracelets and Boyfriends was named the short screenplay competition winner of the 2017 Rendezvous Film Festival. As a result, the script is being adapted into a film by Flickers Studios, and is being shot on location in Amelia Island, Florida. The film will premiere in September.
His screenplays and teleplays have also been official selections and nominees in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition, the Los Angeles Television, Script and Film Festival, the StoryMode Independent Short Film Awards, the Queer Hippo International LGBT Film Festival in Houston, the Windy City International Film Festival in Chicago, the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition in London, and the Film Makers TV Writing Competition in Los Angeles.

David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in nine countries. His stage plays have been official selections for the Chicago Director's Festival, the DC Queer Theatre Festival, FronteraFest, the Johannesburg One-Act Drama Festival, the Mid-America Dramatists Lab, the NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, PLAY Noir, the Rough Writers New Play Festival, Spectrum: LGBT New Play Festival, and the Western Australia Drama Festival.

His plays have been performed on stages across the country including the American Globe Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Hyde Park Theatre, and the Producer's Club in New York City. Internationally his plays have been produced in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Davd-Matthew's literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, The Literary NestThe Magnolia Review, Memoryhouse, New Plains ReviewReview AmericanaSonic BoomThe Southeast Review, The Wild Word, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.

As an actor, he has performed in over 25 theatrical productions including roles in Once a Catholic at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley, The Furthest Room at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles, Big Love at The Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia, in the west coast premiere of Sam Schwartz’s Vito on the Beach, and as Mark in The Shadow Box.

David-Matthew has directed and produced more than 40 theatrical productions including Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Dancing On Checkers╩╣ Grave, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Les Belles Soeurs, Steel Magnolias, Laundry and Bourbon, The Vagina Monologues, Teach Me How To Cry, Medea, The Importance of Being Earnest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, SubUrbia, and more.

David-Matthew was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he has received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. He has received national awards in the Split This Rock Poetry Contest and the New Works for Young Women Playwriting Competition. He is the recipient of two Elly Awards from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).

David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He also attended American River College in Sacramento, the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.

David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Read the Script Corner interview with David-Matthew on winning the Best Short Screenplay award for 'Boxcar' at the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Read the Performer Stuff interview with David-Matthew on playwriting. 

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