Matt Wells, Secretary & Council Chair - Managers

Matt Wells' career in arts management has been distinguished by his rare commitment to artistic excellence, educational value, and positive social change. He has developed a reputation as a visionary arts leader, informed administrator, and creative fundraiser. 

Wells is the chief operating officer for DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion. Since 2011, he has served in various leadership positions with the company. During his tenure, the company has doubled its annual budget size, tripled its total net assets, and increased annual contributions by tenfold; successfully toured to dozens of cities on four continents; premiered major new works at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Movimentos Festival, and Arts Centre Melbourne; and launched the Diavolo Institute, providing education and community programs to over 3,500 underserved Los Angeles youth annually. 

Wells was handpicked to participate in the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training, the American Express Leadership Academy, the Annenberg Alchemy program, and the Wells Fargo Executive Directors’ Leadership Institute. In 2012, Wells was honored with a Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship for Nonprofit Leadership. Wells has been a grant panelist for the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the California Arts Council. Wells serves on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles, and Dance/USA, where he is Chair of a Managers’ Council.  

An accomplished theater artist and producer, Wells founded needtheater in 2006 and served as Executive Artistic Director for five years, producing 12 world premiere plays. Wells also enjoyed a career as a successful actor off-Broadway and off-off Broadway, where he worked with AR Gurney, Jim Simpson, and Elizabeth Swados. Wells 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.

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