Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre

Mat Sweeney

Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Mat Sweeney is a director and composer based in downtown Los Angeles. He works with text, movement, music, and design to create original performance work, often staged in unexpected spaces, which he presents under the moniker four larks. He recently received Center Theatre Group's Sherwood Fellowship and several Ovation Awards for his work as a performance maker, director, and composer.

Recent projects include a promenade opera staged around the Getty Villa museum, a site-specific new music series with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra activating historic LA spaces, and a visual album adapted from ancient poetry.

At MacDowell, Sweeney conducted research for a new site-specific performance piece about libraries and sketched compositions for a new song cycle.



Mat Sweeney worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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