Matthew Murray (writer)

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Matthew Murray
Born (1976-06-10) June 10, 1976 (age 42)
Years active2001-present

Matthew Murray (born June 10, 1976) is an American theatre critic[1] and technology writer, best known for his reviews of New York theater on[2][3] and his articles for the Ziff-Davis family of computer magazines. He is a nominator for the Theater World Awards and at one time also for the Drama Desk Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Murray grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where he became interested in computers and technology. He studied Theatre Arts at Washington State University before transferring to Western Washington University, where he earned a B.A. in Dramatic Writing.


Murray moved to New York City in 2000, when he began writing for His first review was a pan of Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels. In 2002, Murray also joined as an editor and columnist.

The same year, Murray joined the Drama Desk, sitting on the nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards in the 2005-2006 season.[4] In 2008, the integrity of the nomination process was called into question.[5] Murray spoke out questioning the Drama Desk leadership,[6] and was removed from the Drama Desk's email group. He created his own group called Drama Desk Uncensored.[7] He was eventually readmitted to the group's listserve.

Murray was an associate editor of from 2002 to 2005, during which time he contributed to 'The Theatermania Guide to Musical Theater Recordings'.[8] In 2004 and 2005, he hosted with Peter Filichia the live theatre discussion show Bitch or Brag About Broadway at New York's 45th Street Theatre.[9] In 2005 Murray became a senior editor of Stage Directions Magazine, the same year he joined the nominating committee for the Theatre World Award.[10][11] In 2006, Murray began added technology to his writing portfolio, taking a position as senior editor at Computer Shopper (US magazine) in 2006.

When 'Computer Shopper' ceased publication in 2009, Murray joined Ziff-Davis, where he has written about a variety of technology topics for several of the publisher's magazines and web publications.[12] [13] [14]


  1. ^ Nadine Holdsworth (27 June 2014). Theatre and National Identity: Re-Imagining Conceptions of Nation. Routledge. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-1-134-10227-3.
  2. ^ " Broadway musicals can’t bust a rhyme". MacLeans Magazine, Jaime Weinman, May 27, 2013
  3. ^ "The 4 Roles That Have Defined Denzel Washington's Career So Far". NewsMax, Jeannie O’Sullivan | 8 Apr 2015
  4. ^ Schecter, Les. "51st Annual Drama Desk Awards Nominations Announced". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. ^ Riedel, Michael (18 April 2008). "DRAMATIC CONCLUSION THEATER WRITER CALLS DESK CHAIR 'DIABOLICAL'". New York Post. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Growing scandal threatens to upstage the Drama Desk Awards". LA Times. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  7. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Drama Desk chief Wolf fires back; dissenters say they've been gagged". LA Times. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  8. ^ Portantiere, [compiled by] Michael (2004). The TheaterMania guide to musical theater recordings. New York: Back Stage Books. ISBN 0823084353.
  9. ^ Filichia, Peter. "Bitch or Brag About Broadway". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  10. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "2005 Theatre World Awards Ceremony Held May 23; Cerveris, O'Byrne, Gleason Present". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  11. ^ Ben Hodges (1 November 2009). Theatre World 2008-2009: The Most Complete Record of the American Theatre. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 360–. ISBN 978-1-4234-7369-5.
  12. ^ Touchscreen All-in-One Poses Interesting Win8 Possibilities - Windows Enterprise Desktop
  13. ^ NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA): Why It's Game On for Nvidia [Google Inc, QUALCOMM, Inc., Broadcom Corporation] - Seeking Alpha
  14. ^ Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control By Raiford Guins

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