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Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' WITNESS UGANDA Wins 2014 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater; Opens 2/12 at A.R.T.

Griffin Matthews graduated with a B.F.A. in musical theater from Carnegie Mellon University, in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a writer, director, actor, and philanthropist. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. Griffin co-wrote and directed numerous staged readings of Witness Uganda (Richard Rodgers Award, Harold Adamson Award, and Dean Kay Award) and directed several readings of the new musical Lempicka for Yale Rep and New Dramatists. Griffin has been commissioned by Center Theatre Group to write a new musical (The Family Project) about the ever-changing face of the American family. Acting credits include Off-Broadway: Best of Both Worlds. New York/Regional: 1776, Paper Mill Playhouse; Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, Ford's Theatre; Once On This Island, Round House Theatre. Television: "Happy Valley" (NBC Pilot), "The Carrie Diaries," "The Mentalist," "Suburgatory," "Weeds," "90210," "Law and Order: LA," "Cashmere Mafia," "Numb3rs." He founded UgandaProject in 2005.

For more about the project, visit WitnessUganda.com.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts." Election to the Academy is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in this country. The Academy is comprised of 250 of America's leading voices in the fields of Art, Architecture, Literature, and Music. The Academy presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts; and readings and performances of new musicals throughout the year, and is located in three landmark buildings designed by McKim, Mead & White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway, New York City.

Pictured: Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, writers and composers of Witness Uganda. Photo by Diana King.

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