Wes Grantom, Adam Knight, Mat Smart
Previous projects with Slant include Shakespeare's PERICLES, MINE by Bekah Brunstetter, NUEVA CANCION by Aurin Squire, Conor McPherson's THE GOOD THIEF. Other directing credits include TARTUFFE (Asolo Rep), K2 and BIRTHDAY BOY (Berkshire Theatre Festival), SCI FI BANDITS (Ars Nova AntFest), URBAN DICTIONARY and MISSED CONNECTIONS NYC (Ars Nova Play Group). Wes is currently developing THE STEADFAST by Mat Smart and EAGER TO LOSE by Matthew-Lee Erlbach. Wes has also worked with Atlantic Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Cherry Lane, New Dramatists and Theatreworks USA. Wes is a recipient of the Drama League Directing Fellowship, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the University of Evansville.
Adam's projects with Slant include BINGE by Thomas Ward, PRIEST IN A POOL by Michele Lowe, LEVITICUS by Bekah Brunstetter, BENEFICIARIES by
Mat Smart, and BEEF by Lawrence Dial. Recent credits include NO NO NO YES by Matt Dellapina (Ars Nova AntFest and The P.I.T.), EXIT CAROLYN
by Jennie Berman Eng, and DAVID LEE NELSON…STATUS UPDATE (59E59 and Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Adam has also worked at Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Millbrook Playhouse, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Poetry Project at St. Mark's, Abingdon Theatre Company, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Warehouse Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Assistant/Associate credits: Manhattan Theatre Club, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown. Undergrad: University of Evansville.
Mat Smart is a current McKnight Advancement Grant recipient and a former two-time Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Last summer, his play Samuel J. and K. premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring Justin Long and Owiso Odera. It was recently produced at Steppenwolf for Young Adults and had a run at Passage Theatre. Other plays include: The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company – published by Broadway Play Publishing), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre, Seattle Public Theater and currently at LiveWire in Chicago – published by Dramatic Publishing), and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference). Mat has been commissioned by South Coast Rep and the Huntington, is a co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in New York City, and serves on the Board of Directors for The New Harmony Project. Undergraduate: University of Evansville. M.F.A.: UCSD.
As an actor, Matt’s Off-Broadway credits include Outside People (Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels); The Dream Of The Burning Boy (Roundabout), In The Footprint (Irondale Center), underneathmybed (Rattlestick), Telephone (Cherry Lane Theatre, Foundry), Tender (Public Theater, SPF), #9 (59E59, Waterwell), Gone Missing (Barrow Street Theatre), I Am Nobody’s Lunch (59E59), The Parrot (Flea Theater), The Angel Project (Lincoln Center Festival). Regional: New York Stage & Film, Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, City Theatre, Studio Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nom.), Sundance Institute, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, London’s Soho Theatre. Associate Artist of The Civilians. Member of The People’s Improv Theater and Packawallop’s The Pack. Film/TV: Safe (dir. by Boaz Yakin), Proud Iza, Casual Encounters, “CSI:NY” (CBS), “Onion SportsDome” (Comedy Central), “Law & Order” (NBC). As a writer, his work includes No No No Yes (Ars Nova, The PIT), The Great Pretenders and the screenplay, Sunday Morning.
Photos from top to bottom: Lucas Kavner in MINE by Bekah Brunstetter, Zach Shaffer in MINE by Bekah Brunstetter, Therese Barbato in BENEFICIARIES by Mat Smart, Cast of NUEVA CANCION by Aurin Squire.
Photos by Derek Wright