Reed does this through a collection of comedic vignettes and monologues that riffs on the romantic, social and professional travails of his characters. His plays embodies character and strength, telling the story of Black families, motherhood, discrimination, racial violence, and inequality. Adept at writing about the present and decades past, he remains unafraid to dig into untold pieces of black history.
Born in Chicago, IL on September 25, 1990. Matthew ‘M.R’ Reed is a songwriter/musician, writer, director and producer. He is also the founder of M. Reed Studio Productions, a Theatre Production Company based in Chicago, IL.
He graduated University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.) in Theatre. He worked briefly at St. Paul West Outreach Ministries
as music director. But after writing a critically acclaimed Easter
stage play for the youth arm of the church, he decided to pursue a full
time career as a Theatre Director.
And a year later, in 2017 He founded his own production outfit, M. REED Studio Productions. He begin composing music and writing stage plays to help keep himself and the community entertained and motivated especially during the pandemic lockdown.
He sees his rehearsals as not just rehearsals but a means of mentoring young and upcoming actors through fiction, storytelling and showing them how to think outside the box. He uses this process also impart them with the ability to creative from concept to composition and subsequently production.
“My directing journey began in 2017 when I created the character “Grandpa Jenkins. And so far I have written and performed a total of 13 Stage Plays in approximately 5 years” Reed said.
Matthew ‘M.R’ Reed lives in Chicago, IL and is currently putting finishing touches on his new stage play “I REMEMBER” which will premiere in LA on June 12th and on June 19th in his home town of Chicago.