Matt Shakman

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Matt Shakman
EducationYale University (BA)
OccupationActor, film director, television director, theatre director
Years active1984–present
Maggie Malone
(m. 2012)

Matt Shakman is an American film, television, and theatre director, and former child actor. He produced and directed WandaVision and has helmed episodes of The Great, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo and Game of Thrones. He is the artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Shakman was born and raised in Ventura, California,[1] After acting as a child, starting with commercials and landing a series regular role on Just the Ten of Us, he stepped away to attend The Thacher School in Ojai.[2]

Shakman went on to attend Yale University where he graduated with an art history and theater double major.[2] It was at Yale where Shakman became interested in theatre, going on to direct a number of stage productions.[3]

After university, Shakman lived in New York City for several years before permanently moving to Los Angeles.[2] He married Maggie Malone in 2012. In 2016, they had a daughter named Maisie.[4]


As a child actor, Shakman played Graham "J.R." Lubbock, Jr. in the Growing Pains spin-off series Just the Ten of Us (1988–1990). His other television acting credits include The Facts of Life, Highway to Heaven, Diff'rent Strokes, Night Court, Good Morning, Miss Bliss and Webster. He also appeared in the films A Night at the Magic Castle (1988), and Meet the Hollowheads (1989).

Shakman is the founder and Artistic Director of the Black Dahlia Theatre (BDT) in Los Angeles,[5] which was named one of "a dozen young American companies you need to know" by American Theatre Magazine.

Since 2002, Shakman has mostly been directing for television. Among his credits include Succession, Mad Men, Six Feet Under, The Boys, The Great, House M.D., Fargo, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (also executive producer).

Shakman directed the episodes "The Spoils of War" and "Eastwatch" for the seventh season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in 2017. In August of the same year, Shakman was appointed as the new artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.[6]

In 2017, TriStar Pictures announced that Shakman would direct its upcoming "live-action/hybrid" film adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth.[7]

In 2021, Shakman directed and executive produced the event series WandaVision for Disney+.[8] Later that year, it was revealed that Shakman would direct a film in the Star Trek franchise.[9]

Directing credits[edit]




Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2021: Emmy Award (nomination)—Limited Series Direction, WandaVision
  • 2021: Emmy Award (nomination)—Limited Series, WandaVision
  • 2021: Directors Guild of America (nomination)—TV Film/Limited Series, WandaVision
  • 2020: Emmy Award (nomination)—Comedy Series Direction, The Great, "The Great (Pilot)"
  • 2018: Directors Guild of America (nomination)—Dramatic Series, Game of Thrones, "The Spoils of War"
  • 2012: L.A. Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Award for Career or Special Achievement in Direction
  • 2012: LA Weekly Award (nomination) - Direction of a Musical
  • 2011: L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award (nomination)-Direction
  • 2009: Garland Award, Direction
  • 2008: Ovation Award, Direction
  • 2008: GLAAD Award, LA Production
  • 2005: L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Direction
  • 2004: Ovation Award (nomination)-Direction
  • 2002: Garland Award for Direction
  • 2002: L.A. Weekly Award (nomination) - Direction
  • 1989: Young Artist Awards – Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special


  1. ^ "Matt of All Trades". Highbeam Business. March 20, 2008. Archived from the original on March 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "BA #069: Matt Shakman". the Box Angeles podcast.
  3. ^ "Meeting Matt". Duke in New York State of Mind. October 22, 2008.
  4. ^ Fung, Lisa (September 14, 2018). "From 'Game of Thrones' to Geffen Playhouse: Why top TV director Matt Shakman has returned to theater". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Black Dahlia Theatre (BDT)
  6. ^ "Director Matt Shakman Named Geffen Playhouse New Artistic Director" (PDF). The Beverly Hills Courier. August 25, 2017. p. 13. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Lee, Ashley. "Matt Shakman to Helm TriStar's 'Phantom Tollbooth' Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "WandaVision brings in Game of Thrones Helmer Matt Shakman". Slash Film. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 13, 2021). "Next 'Star Trek' Film To Be Directed By 'WandaVision's Matt Shakman". Deadline. Retrieved July 13, 2021.

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