David-Matthew Barnes is the author of several novels and collections of stage plays and poetry.
He is the writer and director of the coming-of-age film 'Frozen Stars' (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time'), which received worldwide distribution and is available via Netflix. His acclaimed screenplays have earned many awards including the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam, the award for Best Short Script at the 2017 Play Film Festival in Paris, and a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award. In 2017, he was named the Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A. for Best Screenplay.
David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in nine countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, The Magnolia Review, Memoryhouse, New Plains Review, Review Americana, The Southeast Review, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.
David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communication and English. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.
He has been an educator for more than a decade.