Matt spent his childhood wanting to be a magician. He spent his most of his youth performing different tricks for his friends and family, most of the time with little success. However, it was then which he discovered his true desire to not only entertain, but to tell stories.
Matt grew up with his huge family in Livonia, Michigan. (Over 50+ aunts, uncles, cousins etc.) It was in middle school when he decided to pursue acting by auditioning for the school musical Seussical. Not only was his voice changing, but his entire future.
He spent his high school years in CAPA, the 4 year training program for high school actors in the Metro Detroit area. Some notable actors from CAPA include Judy Greer, Nicole Forester, and Greg Reuter. While in CAPA, he took voice lessons, dance classes, and studied the Uta Hagen method of acting.
After attending high school Matt attended Central Michigan University for two years. While there, he was involved with the improv group, Trap Door Improv. It was also at CMU where he won the Irene Ryan Acting award for his performance in Fireflies: a new musical created from the stories told from the children in Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
He then decided to make a drastic change and transfer to Western Michigan University. It was there where he graduated with his B.F.A. in Music Theatre Performance. After his Senior Showcase in New York City, he became a New York based actor.
Since moving to NYC, Matt has starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Video Games as Emcee Super Mario. This show was an audience interactive production combining the storyline of The Hunger Games, mixed with classic Video Game characters. And he is proud to say that his character won the final performance!
Matt has also worked at many other regional theaters across the country, such as Farmers Alley Theatre, Stage Door Theater, Cumberland Theatre and Priscilla Beach Theater.
Aside from performing, Matt also shares a strong passion for Directing as well. He has directed many productions, including Assassins, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Wizard of Oz and The Woman in Black. He has also spent the past three years working as an assistant director for the Arts for Autism Broadway Benifit concert at the Gershwin Theater in NYC (Currently home to Wicked)
He has trained with Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel, Matt Farnsworth Voice Studio, Lilias White, The Growing Studio, and many more.
Matt also is a Bar Manager at Waitress the Musical on Broadway, loves all kinds of Dogs, and is expert on anything to do with Universal Studios or Impractical Jokers.