Matthew Leavitt, a life-long Los Angeles native, is an award-winning playwright, director and librettist. He is also the co-artistic director of the classical theatre company The 6th Act. 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 award-winning play "The Boomerang Effect", which debuted at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, received seven Stage Scene LA Awards including “Best World Premiere Play” and “Outstanding Production, Comedy”. In 2013, he was commissioned by Placido Domingo and LA Opera to write the libretto for a new opera, "Orpheus" with award-winning classical and film composer Nathan Wang. Leavitt and Wang have since collaborated with on a second LA Opera commission, "The Wreck of the Miranda". Directing credits include "Hamlet" (The 6th Act, Stage Scene LA Award - "Best Direction of a Play"), "The Scorpion and the Frog: a time killer" (Hollywood Fringe Festival), "Barfly Shakespeare" (The 6th Act), "Double Play" (Stephanie Feury Theatre), "Twelfth Night" (Village Green Productions), "The Taming of the Shrew" (Village Green Productions), "Arrival" (Sci-Fest LA), "Human History" (Sci-Fest LA), "Ladies of State" (Working Stage), "Goes The Weasel" (Ammunition Theatre Company), as well as assistant director/dramaturg for "Romeo and Juliet" at A Noise Within.