BIOGRAPHY

Mat is an LA based, award winning actor

who writes, produces, directs, dances, plays the keys, and coaches. 

Originally from Alabama, he has toured 

the world in multiple musical theatre productions.

When not creating, you can find him atop a mountain, at the gym, the local donut shop, or anywhere with fried food. 

Mat has been performing since the age of 5, where he represented Japan in a Christmas production at his elementary school, donning a kimono that his mom made. 

 

He would go on to be in local theatre productions, showchoir, church choirs, and praise bands before heading off to Auburn University where he pursued a BFA in musical theatre. He also was a part of the Auburn University Singers, where he had the privilege of dancing in sync with 31 other members while wearing more sequins than Dolly Parton. 

While at Auburn, Mat was fortunate enough to study under renowned conductors Dr. Thomas R Smith and Dr. William Powell, as well as composer Dr. Rosephayne Powell. He studied voice with Dr. Jeff Gilbreath. 

While at Auburn, Mat was cast in his first summerstock at Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Dillon, Colorado. It was here that Mat realized his dream of performing for a living would be not only a possibility, but a must. He played Fred Casely in Chicago, Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. 

From Lake Dillon, Mat went to Hersheypark in Pennsylvania where he would clog for his life in Matt Davenport's production of Wild Country

Dolly Parton's Dollywood then brought Mat to East Tennessee to perform in their production of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Mat set up shop in Pigeon Forge for the next couple of years performing in America's Hit ParadeHoot-N-Holler (yep), and the closing season of Blackbear Jamboree

Mat set sail immediately after closing Blackbear Jamboree, and spent almost 4 years performing with some of the most incredible performers in the very best shows the open seas have to offer. He performed across the world with Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess Cruises. 

After finally getting his anchor tattoo, Mat made the move to LA. It hasn't been easy, but what a beautiful journey it has been thus far. 

Mat has his hands in everything here. He produces for Del Shores (Sordid Lives, Queer as Folk), casts for The Mouse and other independent projects, and is usually in a stage show. 

He won his first Ovation Award for his performance in Celebration Theatre's The Boy From Oz in 2016. He was most recently seen in The CW's Jane the Virgin and on stage at Odyssey Theatre's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. He also was cast in Odyssey's production of Sunday In the Park With George.

In February of 2019, Mat produced Del Shores' filmed adaptation of his one man play, Six Characters In Search of a Play that will be put up at Celebration Theatre in Hollywood. The film has gotten into 8 festivals to date.

Mat's film Cognitive won him his first festival awards with BEST SHORT at Las Vegas International and Love International Film Festival, QCinema, Out at the Movies, as well as Runner Up at Out On Film. It's getting incredible reviews and attention from all over the world. As of August of 2019, it is slated to screen in every major film market across the globe. 

Though completely immersed in the industry, Mat also stays active with local charities and causes. He is passionate about those experiencing homelessness in Hollywood. He not only volunteers with organizations passing out food and clothing, but he also restores furniture found on the street, sells it, and gives the money to those organizations: "back to the streets" if you will.