Olivia Matthews


Olivia Matthews is a playwright from Central Florida. Her ten-minute play, Home Going, was produced by Playwrights’ Round Table in Orlando and is published in The Best 10 Minute Plays of 2015 by Smith and Kraus. Her other short plays have been seen in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York City. Olivia’s work often explores family dynamics, the complexities of young women and teens, and the oddities and magic of The South. Her full-length play, Absentia, is the 2020 winner of the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

Olivia received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from Ohio University. This summer, she participated in the Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellowship. Her plays can be found on New Play Exchange.