Matt’s roots are in theatre. That doesn’t stop him from starring in commercials, co-starring on tv shows, supporting the leads in a feature film, starring in short films, or lending his voice to a video game every once in a while, though.
Matt has co-starred on two television shows, the first being Season 1, Episode 7 of Chicago Fire. His second television role was the role of Cade in Season 3, Episode 21 of Chicago PD…which also doubles as the backdoor pilot for the recently picked up Chicago Justice.
On stage, Matt’s most recent performance was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for his portrayal of Chris Keller in Raven Theatre’s critically acclaimed and Jeff Recommended production of the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons. Regionally, Matt played the role of Timothy in Steven Karam’s Sons of the Prophet*, produced by TheatreSquared, an Equity house in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The rest of his Chicago work includes the role of Aaron McKinney/Ensemble in The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Redtwist Theatre), Henry “Author” Wiggen in Bang The Drum Slowly (Raven Theatre Company), Matt Callahan in Wonders Never Cease* (Provision Theater Co.), Ensemble in Storybox (CIF/Piven Theatre Workshop), Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (Infamous Commonwealth), Hansen in “Chatter,” (WildClaw Theatre’s Deathscribe, an evening of live radio plays), and Dylan Klebold in columbinus (Raven Theater Company) which was nominated for 5 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Production, and which won for Best Director (Greg Kolack). Matt also understudied the role of Peter in David Schwimmer’s gripping drama Trust* (Lookingglass Theater Company) and did perform the role. Matt is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Matt currently has an Illinois Lotto commercial airing that has been running for the past six months. Before that, he starred in the McDonald’s “Pay With Lovin'” commercial campaign, which aired 2 spots during Super Bowl XLIX. In early 2012, he appeared as Chicagoland’s Walmart Challenge Host, taking real moms through Walmart grocery sections and comparing the prices from their last grocery receipts. His other commercial work includes ads for ExxonMobil, Sears, Qdoba, Jose Cuervo, Gordmans, Furthermore Proper, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, and ManCo Duck Tape.
From 2013 through 2015, Matt regularly appeared in videos for The Onion, playing Tech Trends reporter Aaron Vaughn.
The SAG feature film Saugatuck Cures, which starred Max Adler, Judith Chapman, and Danny Mooney, and in which Matt played the supporting role of Paul, was purchased for distribution by Breaking Glass Pictures and enjoyed a limited theatrical release in Spring, 2015.
Matt holds a BA in Theatre from Lindenwood University and completed the Conservatory program at the Second City Training Center in 2005. He is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.
* – Denotes AEA affiliation