Matt Ackels is a Los Angeles-based television writer and playwright. He was most recently staffed on Seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series Trolls, and is currently writing a drama feature for Bobby Goldstein Productions. His stage credits include seven produced plays – four at Tony Award-winning theatres – which have been touring continuously since 2012. Other projects in development include a one-hour TV drama and a new play commissioned by the Alley Theatre. Matt’s work has received awards from the Planet Earth Arts Foundation, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, PlayGround LA and elsewhere. His short fiction has appeared in The Athenaeum, The Southern California Review and Nix Hydra among other publications. He is of Lebanese heritage with an MFA in screenwriting from USC.

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