Mattias Andersson was born and brought up in Gothenburg, Sweden.

First studied to become a professional actor at the University College of Acting in Gothenburg.

Since the 90s working as a playwright and a director.

His plays have been performed at venues all over Sweden such as Stockholm City Theatre, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm, Göteborg City Theatre, Malmö City Theatre and in countries including Denmark, Germany, Russia, Norway, Finland, Greece, Romania and Serbia. Plays published in a number of books with collections of modern swedish drama. 

Since 2020 Artistic Director of Dramaten / The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006 - 2019 Artistic Director of Backa Teater, Gothenburg, Sweden.


Nominated for Premio Europa per il Teatro / Europe Theatre Prize 2017.

International Assitej’s ”award for artistic excellence” 2017 

Svenska Dagbladets Thalia-Prize 2013 

Prix Marulic 2010, international prize for the radio-drama version of Crime and Punishment

Swedish Theatre Critic’s Award 2009 for Little King Mattias

Author of the year in 2009 of West Swedish Writers' Union

Swedish Theatre Critic´s Award 2007 for Crime and Punishment - project

Expressen's Theatre Award 2007

Swedish Ibsen Award 2007

Nominated for Dagens Nyheter's Culture Award 2007

Nominated for the Nordic Playwrights’ Prize 2006 for Sex, drugs and violence

Nöjesguiden’s award for best performance in Gothenburg 2006 with The Mental States of Gothenburg

Henning Mankell's Playwrights Prize 2001

Nöjesguiden´s award for best performance in Gothenburg 1998 with K+M+R+L


We who lived our lives over, filmversion for SVT (Swedish National Television)

The Idiot, filmversion for SVT (Swedish National Television) 

Utopia 2012, filmversion for SVT (Swedish National Television)

Crime and Punishment, radio drama in three parts, Swedish National Radio, 2009

The Passion of Ronald, written and directed, short film with premiere at the Gothenburg Film Festival, 2005 (was also shown on Swedish National Television)

Thinkers of the Times, written and directed, satirical elements of the tv-show Propaganda, Swedish Television, 1998-99


Responsible for several playwriting workshops in Amman, Jordan and Alexandria, Egypt

Text supervisor and dramaturg for the show 100 000 skattefritt, Angereds Theatre


The Mental States of Sweden + The Mental States of Gothenburg published in ”United States of Sweden" 

Våning 12 published in Teatertidningen 2 / 96. 

K+M+R+L in the book ”Plats: Sverige, Tid: Nu,  Fem pjäser” (Manifest)   

Löparen (The Runner) published in English in the book ”5 x Swedish plays”.

Våning 12 published in Polish in the book ”Piecu mezczyzn szuka rezysera”