Matt Wells

MattChief Operating Officer
Matt’s 10-year career in arts management has been distinguished by his commitment to artistic excellence, educational value, and positive social change. He has developed a reputation as a visionary arts leader, engaged administrator, and innovative fundraiser.

Since 2011, Matt has served in various leadership positions with Diavolo. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA, where he is a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Chair of the Managers’ Council (mid-sized organizations).

Matt was hand picked to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy as well as the Wells Fargo New Executive Directors’ Institute. In 2012, Matt was honored with the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship for Nonprofit Leadership.

An accomplished theater artist and producer, Matt founded needtheater in 2006 and served as Executive Artistic Director for five years. Matt also enjoyed a career as a successful actor. He is an alumnus of Claremont Graduate University (M.A, Arts Management) and Northwestern University (B.S, Theater). He lives in West Hollywood with his wife, Julia.