Matthew-Lee is a writer, actor, and filmmaker from Chicago and New York. He studied opera and also plays drums, full set and buckets. He will sing and play for bitcoin and/or yeast packets.
Matthew-Lee has sold/developed shows with SONY, Killer Films, and Cavalry Media, and has written for MASTERS OF SEX/Showtime, GYPSY/Netflix, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS/ Netflix, and for WWE, MTV, and Nickelodeon. He is also the writer/director of HUMAN INTEREST, which just won “Best Digital Short Series” at SeriesFest, watchable here. He is currenty writing an UNTITLED FEATURE with Rainn Wilson.
As a playwright, his play THE DOPPELGÄNGER (an international farce), starring Rainn Wilson and directed by Tina Landau, premiered to a sold-out run at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, where he recently developed his political dramas REVELATIONS and RADICAL. A HUMANITAS New Voices recipient, he has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and was a member of Ars Nova's Play Group.
His plays have been developed/produced with The New Group, Steppenwolf, Vineyard, Ars Nova, MCC, Williamstown, NYTW, and the Orchard Project, among others. Recent productions include the critically-acclaimed Off-Bway world-premiere of his solo play HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY (Tony Speciale, dir) at the GYM at Judson; EAGER TO LOSE, extended Off-Bway at Ars Nova/nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Award (Wes Grantom/Portia Krieger, dirs); the NY premiere of SEX OF THE BABY (Michelle Bossy, dir), and RADICAL for Steppenwolf. Other plays include KEVIN LAMB, KING GEORGE III, and A NEIGHBOR IN THE AREA.
His short film ROGER, THE CHICKEN won Best Screenplay at Houston Comedy Festival and was a selection at film festivals around the U.S. and Canada, including the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. His comedy has been featured in/on Decider, Village Voice, Time Out, The Huffington Post, Indiewire, and in venues all over the city. His socio-political satire Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower was sponsored by The Onion and featured guests ranging from Amy Goodman, Paul Rieckhoff, and Mo Rocca to Lizz Winstead, Willie Geist, and Rachel Maddow, who called the show "shocking, engaging, funny, and totally original."
Matthew-Lee most recently appeared Off-Bway in SEX OF THE BABY. TV/ Film: ANOTHER EARTH (Sundance/Fox Searchlight); host of MTV’s Epic Fail pilot, IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN (Comedy Central); LAW&ORDER:SVU, and ROGER, THE CHICKEN. His performance in Off-Bway’s HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY received rave reviews and an extended run. He has acted Off-Bway, regionally, and has voiced characters for Rockstar Games and campaigns for Coors Light, Dairy Queen, Levi’s, and Nickelodeon.
A proud graduate of the public school system from K-College, Matthew-Lee has run a writing program for Midnight Mission's HomeLight program and is a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, locally and globally. He is an advocate for ethical AI and ethical transhumanism.
He loves pudding.