Matthew Earnest was born in 1969 and grew up in Texas, beginning his career under Richard Hamburger at Dallas Theater Center. Relocating to NYC, Matthew spent a season as assistant director to Lee Breuer at Mabou Mines, and a Drama League fellowship made him assistant director to Adrian Hall, a position he would hold for many years. As Founding Artistic Director of NYC’s “deep ellum ensemble” Matthew created works that garnered international acclaim from 1995 until the company disbanded in 2007. Today he is an associate artist at Germany’s English Theatre Berlin and at the University of Delaware’s PTTP, and he works independently around the country directing plays and creating new works. His latest, Wanderlust: A History Of Walking, which he adapted from the book by Rebecca Solnit, was created with an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre in May 2010. Matthew’s productions have been seen across the U.S., Europe and in Africa.