Robert MatsonRobert Matson  "Playwright / Theatre Artist" - writes original and diverse plays with an LGBT theme or including an LGBT character.  He has produced and staged his own plays for 30 years in and around Oklahoma City.  His gay history drama, Mr. and Mister was awarded 2nd place in New York's 2014 Arch and Bruce Brown LGBT Playwriting competition and his adult comedy, Beneath the Zipper performed at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival.  He also wrote for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's Musical Theatre Educational Tour which he received an ADDY award along with The Daily Oklahoman for his work.

Robert has a Bachelor's in Theatre from Northern Michigan University and a Master's in Acting from Oklahoma City University.  He has produced most of his original work through his theatre business, Robert JM Productions along with the well-known plays, Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe by Jane Wagner and Southern Baptist Sissies by Del Shores. He closed his business in 2014 to focus more on his writing.

For over 35 years, Robert has also acted and directed with several Oklahoma theatres including Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, The Pollard, Carpenter Square, The Boom Dinner Theatre and Oklahoma Children's Theatre along with The Showboat Becky Thatcher in Ohio.  Some of his favorite roles he has performed is;  The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Amos Hart in Chicago, Lady Enid and others in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Peanut in Southern Baptist Sissies and Bette Davis in A Crawford Christmas.  He's also worked with Tony Award winners, Beth Leavell and Kristin Chenoweth.

Artist Statement:
I am an advocate for my diverse community, not through politics or protests but through my words.  I express my view of the world from high camp comedy to dramatic truth to a twisted telling of a familiar story. Through my words the audience is entertained and educated about our diverse community and although my subject matter is LGBT related, my writing is for everyone. Writing is my voice and my words were meant to be seen and heard.