Matt Williams



MATT WILLIAMS has worked in theater, film and television as an actor, director, writer and producer.  As a playwright, Matt began his career with a collection of one-act plays entitled, Bruce Lee Is Dead and I’m Not Feeling Too Good Either. His one-act play, Jason and The Nun, won the Double Image Festival of Short Plays Award and was subsequently published by Samuel French. His first full-length play, Between Daylight and Boonville, premiered in New York to critical acclaim, and was later performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the American College Theater Festival.


Matt has directed over twenty productions in regional and Off-Broadway theatres. He also directed the world premiere of Robby Benson’s musical Open Heart at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Along with Daryl Roth Productions and his partners at Wind Dancer, he co-produced the stage production of Camping with Henry and Tom. He and Wind Dancer co-produced The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights Horizons.


Matt started his television career when he joined The Cosby Show during its premiere season and worked as a writer/producer for three subsequent seasons. He served as co-creator of A Different World. He is best known as the creator and Executive Producer of the hit series Roseanne and the co-creator and Executive Producer of Home Improvement. In film, Williams co-wrote and produced Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, produced and directed Where The Heart Is, produced and directed Walker Payne and produced numerous films, most notably What Women Want, Bernie and What Men Want. He has won multiple People Choice Awards, received Emmy and Humanitas nominations and is the recipient of a shared Peabody Award.


He received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Evansville. He received an MFA at the University of New Orleans. Matt is a founding board member of The New Harmony Project and the Cherry Lane Theatre. Matt is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University School of The Arts Theatre Program.


Matt lives in New York with his wife, actress Angelina Fiordellisi, who is the owner and Artistic Director at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He and Angelina are the proud parents of Matisse and Fredrick.