Director of Development and Finance
An experienced arts management professional, Matt Wells joined Diavolo in 2009. In 2012, Matt was honored with a Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship for nonprofit leadership. Prior to his work at Diavolo, Matt founded the Los Angeles theater company needtheater, where he held the title of Executive Artistic Director for five years. He is as alumnus of the Wells Fargo New Executive Director’s Institute and has been selected for the American Express Leadership Academy. For Dance/USA, Matt serves as Managers’ Council Chair and a member of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. In his previous life as an actor, Matt worked with AR Gurney, Jim Simpson, Elizabeth Swados, and Josh Fox. He is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University (M.A., Arts Management), and Northwestern University (B.S., Theater).