Matthew Suttor

Professor Adjunct of Sound Design and Stage Management


New Zealand-born composer Matthew Suttor is Professor and Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale School of Drama. Suttor’s work in opera and dance includes Don Juan in Prague, in collaboration with director David Chambers, for the Bard SummerScape Festival and revised for the Mozart Prague Festival, the Guggenheim Works and Process series, and the BAM Next Wave Festival; his opera, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, premiered at the International Festival of the Arts, Wellington, New Zealand, and was broadcast by Radio New Zealand; and I Find Comfort in Thunder for the Folkwang Tanzstudio, Essen, toured Germany. Recent concert works include Syntagma, commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; La Prose du Transsibérien, for narrator and chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Beinecke Library; and The Eastman School of Music commissioned and premiered Buntpapier and Villancico. Recent performances of commissioned works include Seattle Cathedral; Bremen Cathedral/Hochschule für Künste, Germany; Göteborg International Organ Academy, Sweden; Great Organ Music at Yale; and the Taos Chamber Music Group.

At Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, Matthew Suttor has composed scores for many productions: Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp, directed by Anna Jones (Yale School of Drama); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Rolin Jones, directed by Jackson Gay (Yale Rep); All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare, directed by  James Bundy and Mark Rucker (Yale Rep); Marcus by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed Jessi D. Hill (Yale School of Drama); Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, directed Patricia McGregor (Yale School of Drama); Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jen Wineman (Yale School of Drama); and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Liz Diamond (Yale Rep).

Matthew Suttor’s score for Rolin Jones’ Pulitzer nominated play, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow was acclaimed in the national press. In the New York Times, Charles Isherwood wrote “The lovely score, by Matthew Suttor, …whispers insistently of the humanity.”  After the Yale Rep production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, all the productions around the country that followed used Professor Suttor’s score, including the Atlantic Theater in New York City, the Studio Theater, the Actors Theater of Phoenix, Portland Center Stage, and San Jose Rep.

With sound designer Daniel Baker, he has designed and composed scores for numerous plays, among them many premieres off-Broadway and in regional theatres, including The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, directed by Jonathan Silverstein (Keen Company); Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen by Kate Walat, directed by Loretta Greco (Women’s Project); The Cataract by Lisa D’Amor, directed by Katie Pearl (Women’s Project); Acts of Mercy by Michael John Garces, directed by Gia Forakis (Rattlestick Theater); Iron Kisses by James Still, directed by Stephanie Gilman (Geva Theater); Private Lives by Noel Coward, directed by Kim Rubinstein (Long Wharf Theatre); Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Stephanie Gilman (Weston Playhouse); A Ghost's Bargain by Laura Eason, directed by Melissa Kievman (Two River Theater Company); and Norman and Beatrice, directed by David Travis (Synapse).

A Fulbright Scholar, Suttor received a doctorate in composition from Columbia University.