“Hip, hot, and on the verge.”
– American Theatre magazine
“Columbus’s own theatrical force of nature.”
– Jay Weitz, Columbus Alive
MATT SLAYBAUGH is the founding Artistic Director of Available Light Theatre. His writing and directing of new plays and original works for Available Light and the BlueForms Theatre Group has been lauded by American Theatre magazine, the National New Play Network, New York Press, Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, NYtheatre dot com, the Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle, the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artistic Excellence Awards, the Victoria BC Times, and many more. His adaptations of sci-fi and graphic novels have been featured by The Comics Journal and io9 dot com.
In addition, his work has been seen at Baltimore Centerstage, New Orleans’ Southern Rep, Woolly Mammoth in D.C., InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Galapagos in Brooklyn, Hyde Park of Austin, the Kennedy Center ACT Festival, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in NYC, Red Herring, and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, among others.
As a speaker and performance poet, Matt kicked-off the first TEDx Columbus event and encored at the second, riffed on the real-time web for iCitizen 2010, and rapped about e-commerce for iCitizen 2011. Recent gigs include speaker and event emcee-ing for the Young Presidents/World Presidents Organization, the Columbus Foundation, Estee Lauder, and others. He served on the Greater Columbus Creative Cultural Commission, has taught at Columbus College of Art & Design and Otterbein College, and writes for the Agit Reader. He also designed this website.