Daniel Maté is an award-winning musical theatre dramatist, songwriter, and educator. He holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch/NYU; more recently he was lead instructor for Vancouver’s first ever Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop and writer-in-residence at Touchstone Theatre. As guest artist for British Columbia, he contributed original music and lyrics to The Dream Catchers, a Canada-wide youth theatre piece that toured nationally in 2017 and was performed for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of the ‘Canada 150’ celebration in 2017.
Daniel’s original musicals include The Trouble With Doug, Middle School Mysteries, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi and & Günter, and The Longing and the Short of It. His work has been produced and/or presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts (DC), Lincoln Center (NYC), and in locations from California to Florida, Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, and Paris to Denmark. He is the recipient of the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize for Lyrics, a $100,000 award given annually to the “most promising lyricist in American musical theatre”, as well as a Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music and Lyrics.
With Dr. Gabor Maté, Daniel has co-led workshops since 2016 on parent-adult child relationships in Vancouver, Toronto & New York; a book version of Hello Again is also in progress. Daniel currently resides somewhere between Vancouver, New York, and the open road.