Matthew Leavitt, a life-long Los Angeles native, is an award-winning playwright, director and librettist. After a summer of studying playwriting at Harvard University, he was a semifinalist in the Young Playwrights National Playwriting Competition founded by Stephen Sondheim, for his play Losers and Fools. Leavitt later graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Creative Writing. His play The Boomerang Effect, which debuted at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, received seven Stage Scene LA Awards including “Best World Premiere Play 2011-2012” and “Outstanding Production, Comedy”. Leavitt has also directed his own adaptations of several Shakespearean comedies, including Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Tempest. In 2013, he was commissioned by the LA Opera to write the libretto for a new opera and collaborate with award-winning classical and film composer Nathan Wang. Their opera, Orpheus, will tour throughout California in 2014-15.