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Diamond, Matthew 1951–

DIAMOND, Matthew 1951–

PERSONAL

Full name, Matthew Philip Diamond; born November 26, 1951, in New York, NY; son of Irwin and Pearl (maiden name, Ziffer) Diamond. Education: City College of New York, B.A., 1972; attended the School of Performing Arts, New York City.


Addresses: Agent—Broder/Webb/Chervin/Silbermann, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Career: Director, producer, choreographer, and dancer. Louis Falco Dance Company, principal dancer, 1970–74; Jennifer Muller and the Works, principal dancer, 1975–76; Batsheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1978; Bat–Dor Dance Company, choreographer; Diamond (dance company), cofounder, artistic director, and choreographer, 1979–83; director of operas for Children's Free Opera, 1983; choreographer for others, including the Washington Ballet.


Member: Directors Guild of America.


Awards, Honors: National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, 1977 and 1979; Emmy Award, outstanding directing, 1985, for Guiding Light; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement—classical music/dance programming—directing, 1992, for "Paul Taylor's 'Speaking in Tongues,'" Great Performances: Dance in America; Humanitas Prize (with others), children's live action programming, 1995, for Between Mother and Daughter; Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in musical/variety, 1996, for Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II; Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in musical/variety, 1998, for Stomp, Slide and Swing with Savion Glover in Performance in the White House (also known as Stomp, Slide and Swing with Savion Glover); International Documentary Association Award (with Jerry Kupfer), feature documentaries, 1998, Golden Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival, film & video—the arts, Academy Award nomination (with others), best documentary—features, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in documentary, all 1999, all for Dancemaker; Emmy Award (with others), outstanding classical music–dance program, 2000, for "American Ballet Theatre in Le Corsaire" (also known as "Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre"), Great Performances: Dance in America; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing for a variety or music program, 2000, for "Gershwins' Crazy for You" (also known as "Crazy for You"), Great Performances; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy program, 2002, for Fosse; Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in musical/variety, 2003, for "From Broadway: Fosse," Great Performances: Dance in America.


CREDITS

Stage Choreographer:

3 of Diamond's, 1977.

Handful of Diamond's, 1978.

3 by Matthew Diamond, 1978.


Choreographer of productions that have appeared at various venues.


Stage Appearances:

Love Me, Love My Children (musical), Mercer Arts Center, New York City, 1971–72.


Appeared in other stage productions.


Television Producer; Series:

Shining Time Station (live action and animated), PBS, c. 1989–2000.

Consulting producer, Working Girl, NBC, 1990.

Out All Night, NBC, 1992–93.

Member of production staff, Martin, Fox, 1992–97.


Television Director; Movies:

These Old Broads, ABC, 2001.


Television Director; Specials:

The Designing Women Special: Their Finest Hour, CBS, 1990.

"Paul Taylor's 'Speaking in Tongues,'" Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS, 1991.

The Hard Nut, PBS, 1992.

"Not My Girl," Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special, PBS, 1992.

On the Ledge, HBO, 1992.

Ballanchine Celebration, PBS, 1993.

Between Mother and Daughter, CBS, 1995.

Crash the Curiousaurus, ABC, 1995.

Garth Fagan's "Griot New York," PBS, 1995.

Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II (also known as Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II), PBS, 1995.

Victor/Victoria, 1995.

A Renaissance Revisited, PBS, 1996.

The Wrecker's Ball: Three Dances by Paul Taylor, PBS, 1996.

The College of Comedy with Alan King, PBS, 1997.

Merry Christmas, George Bailey, PBS, 1997.

Stomp, Slide and Swing with Savion Glover in Performance in the White House (also known as Stomp, Slide and Swing with Savion Glover), PBS, 1998.

"American Ballet Theatre in Le Corsaire" (also known as "Le Corsaire with American Ballet Theatre"), Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS, 1999.

The Blues—In Performance at the White House, PBS, 1999.

CeCe Winans, Glorious Gospel, PBS, 1999.

"Gershwins' Crazy for You" (also known as "Crazy for You"), Great Performances, PBS, 1999.

The College of Comedy with Alan King, Part II, PBS, 2000.

Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration, PBS, 2000.

The College of Comedy with Alan King, III, PBS, 2001.

Fosse, PBS, 2001.

Broadway's Best, Bravo, 2002.

"From Broadway: Fosse," Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS, 2002.


Television Director; Episodic:

"Heart Attacks," Designing Women, CBS, 1987.

"Never a Bridesmaid," My Sister Sam, CBS, 1987.

"Oh, Suzannah," Designing Women, CBS, 1987.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Schultz?," My Sister Sam, CBS, 1987.

Family Ties, NBC, episodes from 1987–89.

"Careers," The Cavanaughs, CBS, 1988.

"Coastal Disturbance," The Cavanaughs, CBS, 1988.

"Fever," Coming of Age, CBS, 1988.

"Friends of the Family," My Two Dads, NBC, 1988.

"The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue–Blood Beaumont Driving Club," Designing Women, CBS, 1988.

"The Kids Are Coming," Coming of Age, CBS, 1988.

"Mr. Hillman," A Different World, NBC, 1988.

"Strange Bedfellows," The Cavanaughs, CBS, 1988.

Raising Miranda, CBS, 1988.

Day by Day, NBC, episodes from 1988–89.

"Blood and Remembrance," Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1989.

"Finders Keepers," Shining Time Station (live action and animated), PBS, 1989.

"Brightman SATyricon," The Marshall Chronicles, ABC, 1990.

"Missed Popularity," Down Home, NBC, 1990.

"Mr. Mom," Anything but Love, ABC, 1990.

"My Cheatin' Heart," The Marshall Chronicles, ABC, 1990.

Working Girl, NBC, multiple episodes in 1990.

The Golden Girls, NBC, episodes from 1990–91.

Drexell's Class, Fox, 1991.

Stand by Your Man, Fox, 1992.

"Cold Feet," Monty, Fox, 1994.

"Love the One You're With," Cafe Americain, NBC, 1994.

"There's No Ship Like Kinship," Living Single (also known as My Girls), Fox, 1994.

The Preston Episodes, Fox, 1995.

Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, episodes from 1996–97.

"Gigolo Guy," Head over Heels, UPN, 1997.

"My Guy," Sister Sister, The WB, 1997.

"One Down," Head over Heels, UPN, 1997.

"Witness Guy," Head over Heels, UPN, 1997.

The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), NBC, 1997.

Between Brothers, Fox, episodes from 1997–99.

"Carpool," The Hughleys, ABC, 1998.

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, UPN, 1998.

"Confidence," Oh Baby, Lifetime, 1999.

"Daddy's Girl," The Parkers, UPN, 1999.

"Don't Quit Your Day Job," Maggie, Lifetime, 1999.

"Guilt," Oh Baby, Lifetime, 1999.

"Hello Goodbye," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1999.

"Jack Vents," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1999.

"Online Romance," Grown Ups, UPN, 1999.

"Taking Tae–Bo with My Beau," The Parkers, UPN, 1999.

"Why Can't We Not Be Friends?," Grown Ups, UPN, 1999.

"Launch," Oh Baby, Lifetime, 2000.

"What It Should Be and What It Is," Oh Baby, Lifetime, 2000.

Daddio, NBC, 2000.

"My Nickname," Scrubs, NBC, 2001.

"Dangerous Liaison," The Random Years (also known as Life as We Know It), UPN, 2002.

"Don't Make Me Have Sex in the Hamptons," The Random Years (also known as Life as We Know It), UPN, 2002.

"Men Behaving Sadly," The Random Years (also known as Life as We Know It), UPN, 2002.

"My Student," Scrubs, NBC, 2002.

"Driven to Insanity," That's So Raven, The Disney Channel, 2003.

"Mother Dearest," That's So Raven, The Disney Channel, 2003.

"Saturday Afternoon Fever," That's So Raven, The Disney Channel, 2003.

"Ye Olde Dating Game," That's So Raven, The Disney Channel, 2003.

Gilmore Girls, The WB, episodes from 2003–2005.


Directed episodes of Dear John, NBC; Down the Shore, Fox; Favor & Family, Fox Family Channel; Guiding Light, CBS; Out All Night, NBC; The Pitts, Fox; Rude Awakening, Showtime; and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (also known as Two Guys and a Girl), ABC. Directed "Do the Write Thing," an unaired episode of The Marshall Chronicles, NBC; and "Inherit the Windbreaker," an unaired episode of The Random Years (also known as Life as We Know It), UPN; and directed episodes of the unaired series The Grubbs, Fox.


Television Director; Pilots:

Working Girl, NBC, 1990.

Belles of Bleecker Street, ABC, 1991. Clippers, CBS, 1991.

In the House, NBC, 1991.

Out All Night, NBC, 1992.


Black Sheep, Fox, 1994.


Girl's Best Friend, CBS, 1994.


Film Director:

Dancemaker, Artistic License, 1998.


Film Choreographer:

Phi Beta Rockers, 1982.

Splitz, Film Ventures International, 1984.

Maxie, Orion, 1985.


Radio Director; Specials:

Merry Christmas, George Bailey, 1997.


WRITINGS

Teleplays; Episodic:

"Otis' Last Day," Drexell's Class, Fox, 1991.


Also wrote episodes of Martin, Fox.

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