Daniel Maté is the recent recipient of the 2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist. He also received the Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award in 2010 for his music and lyrics. With composer Will Aronson, he wrote lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Trouble With Doug, a comedic musical inspired by Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” Doug was featured at the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals with direction by Tony-winning performer Victoria Clark, and has since been developed at Royal & Derngate (UK) and Theatreworks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA). Maté and Aronson are currently working with bookwriter Hannah Kohl on a family musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Daniel’s song cycle The Longing and the Short of It (also known as The Untitled Daniel Maté Song Project) has been presented at Barrington Stage (William Finn, dir.), the Disney-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop (Stephen Schwartz, dir.), and Playwrights Horizons (Victoria Clark, dir.) Daniel also wrote book, music and lyrics for The Story Of Jo-Beth, a modern-day American retelling of the Book of Job (CAP 21, 2011; JCC in Manhattan, 2013).
As a teaching artist, Daniel has composed original musicals with and for young performers, including Middle School Mysteries at Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ) and led songwriting workshops for children from Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to South Central, Los Angeles. He presented an evening of his songs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of ASCAP’s Broadway Today and Tomorrow series in September 2012, and was an invited participant in the inaugural Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in February 2013. An avid enthusiast of all things lyrical, Daniel is a two-time finalist in the Hip Hop Karaoke NYC Championships, rapping as ‘Robert Downey Junior’ or ‘RDJ’ in front of celebrity judges such as hip-hop legends Big Daddy Kane and Prince Paul.
Daniel holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU/Tisch and a B.A. in Psychology from McGill. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where he founded the In the House Festival, a popular ‘domestic arts event’ now celebrating its tenth anniversary. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. danielmate.com