Matt Okin (Director; BBS/BBPAC Artistic Director) formed Bergen County's Black Box Studios in 2007 and founded The Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015, now reopened in Englewood, NJ. Select directing credits include the world premiere of Beth Henley's Exposed, the NJ premiere of Paul Schrader's The Cleopatra Club, Craig Lucas' Ode To Joy, the regional workshop premieres of Eric Bogosian's 1+1 and Neil LaBute's ten x ten (both now in ongoing development for NYC); Nicky Silver's Fat Men In Skirts; The Pillowman; Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Pygmalion; Hair; Talk Radio & Griller in rep; Buried Child; Hand To God; Disgraced; Cloud 9; The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?; Evil Dead The Musical; Bad Jews; and Passing Strange. His original plays, produced in New York and on national tours, include: Beltsville/Rockville, Part One: Rise Of The Goatman; #OneInnocentWoman; Twist Of Faith (currently being redeveloped for film); Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, and Cherry Hill. Matt's musicals include Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, and NYMF) and the long-running NYC hit A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts; he is a long-time Teaching Artist for select high school drama programs in Bergen County; and his first work for the screen in almost a quarter of a century is the comedy Issues, currently 'making the rounds' in Hollywood.