The son of Canadian diplomats, born in Ottawa and raised in Tehran, Lima, Dallas and Ottawa, Matthew began his career at the age of 10 on stage at the Dallas Theater Center in a production of Brecht’s Galileo and made his international debut on the Canadian cult classic TV show You Can’t Do That On Television. Studying at the National Theatre School of Canada and the Moscow Art Theatre, his focus expanded into dance, improvisation, mask work, street performing, television and film.
Somewhere along the way he discovered Red Nose Clown as a performer and as a teacher, playing Romeo in a Red Nose Clown version of R&J and Marianna / Mistress Overdone in a Bouffon version of Measure for Measure. Since 1997 Matthew has traveled the world with the International Schools Theatre Association teaching, amongst other workshops, clown, ensemble devising, improv and Shakespeare.
Matthew is a firm believer that the art of performing can elevate a student's life experience by increasing self-esteem, engendering compassion and empathy while developing his or her ability to communicate passionately and intelligently. These are skills which transcend drama class and drama students by building and strengthening that which makes us part of a team, no matter what field the student eventually pursues.
Currently located in Los Angeles, he has further expanded his career into producing theater and film as well as numerous commercials for NBC; directing for theater and editing for TV, film and the web. These entertainment industry experiences have provided him with an entirely new way of looking at the craft of acting; approaching the work with a fresh and contemporary outlook while integrating multiple academic, real world and theatrical disciplines: dramatically, technically, musically, culturally, historically and thematically.