About Matt

Artist Statement:

I believe it is the artist's duty to find the balance between letting an audience escape and holding up a mirror to it, for better or worse. One of the greatest gifts an actor can receive is to step into the shoes of another in order to carry true empathy for those that walk among us that we would not otherwise get to know.

 

On Representation:

There are roles for me in abundance in this industry. The same cannot be said for many friends of color, women and non-binary individuals. Many actors, myself included, have not felt brave enough to speak up to artistic directors and casting directors at the lack of representation on many of their boards or teams. It is my responsibility and my joy as an artist to give more space so that marginalized individuals may have it. While we know magic cannot happen overnight, we ask theaters (if they have not done so already), to implement leadership that reflects the nation for which we perform. 

 

Character:

char·ac·ter

/ˈkerəktər/

noun:

  1. the quality of being individual in an interesting or unusual way.

  2. Theater:
    (of a part or role) representing a personality type, especially by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.

  3. moral or ethical quality: "a person of honorable character"

While I grew up listening to and loving so much musical theater, my favorite pieces were those with the big booming ensemble numbers, the epics: Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel etc. I wanted to play all those leading men. As I stepped into the professional theater world, I learned quickly to embrace the type of the character man. As times and types continue to evolve, I've had an enjoyable time finding the balance of character man and the roles I fell in love with.

My folks raised my brother and I to be polite, kind, and considerate of others, and I am very proud to be that person. The word "character" means a great deal to me in both of these definitions. To lead, especially in such a grueling industry, always with kindness, teamwork, positivity, collaboration, and thoughtfulness towards other artists. 

The Short Story:

Connecticut (childhood) > Pennsylvania (raised) > Temple U (college) > Disney Cruise Line (2012-2015) > Philly (2015-2018)

As of November 2018, I'm a New Yorker!

The Long Story

I was born in Danbury, Connecticut and raised on entertainment. MGM's Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and the like were etched into my heart from a young age. Both my grandfathers had huge impacts on my affinity for storytelling through theater, film, and song. My fondest memories have been of my grandfather taking my cousins and I to Broadway shows every Thanksgiving break. Showtunes were constantly on in my parents' house, and my brother and I lined the walls of our basement with tons of movie posters. My "debut" was at Summer on Stage in Richter Park.

 

My family moved to Reading, Pennsylvania when I was twelve. I continued singing in all sorts of choirs, which became my home, and acted in my first musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I acted and sang in various productions, and went on to become my high school's theater company president.

 

At Temple University, I studied Communications, taking classes to round out my entertainment experience. I learned about film, television, theater, and journalism...donning the hats of actor, writer, director and producer. Extracurricularly, I founded a theater troupe on campus and wrote and directed a short film. 

 

Upon graduation, I embarked on the most exciting adventure of my life: Disney Cruise Line. I have entertained familes, children, and adults as an actor and host, and have since worked on every ship in the fleet. My travels have taken me as far as Alaska, the Baltic Sea, the Panama Canal and everywhere in between.

While I am a goofball and old soul at heart, I take my art and work very seriously, and often 

 

It is my continuing aspiration to travel and perform, preferably simultaneously. My varied life experiences allow me to enrich the spirit of each character I portray. The true joy in acting and singing is to step into the shoes of another; be that to empathize, to imagine, or simply to play.  

People That Inspire Me

Wassily Kandinsky, Walt Disney, Michelle Obama, Jane Fonda, Stephen Sondheim, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Lawrence, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Judy Garland, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beyonce, Caspar David Friedrich, Baz Luhrmann, Robert Zemeckis