After starring in his third Mighty Ducks film, Matthew walked away from a life of glitz and glamour to study writing and theater at Northwestern University. A Nicholl Academy Screenplay Semi-Finalist, AFF second rounder, Screencraft and Final Draft Big Break Semi Finalist, former moderator of a storied L.A. Writer's lab, and NYFRINGE alum, he has ghost-written for Academy Award nominated directors and facilitates writing groups in residential treatment facilities. His work has been read at The Antaeus Theater's Lab Series, for IAMA, Rogue Machine, The Road, and the famed Actor's Studio. Most recently, his House Across The Street was named finalist for BPP Woodward Newman award and Persuasion has advanced into later round consideration with Berkley Rep's Ground Floor. You can find him in the mountains or on skates when he isn't doing what he loves most -- writing roles for world class interpreters and entertaining audiences with the absurd folly and heartbreak of living during a time when it seems like all our institutions are failing. He got started writing when he returned from the set of Mighty Ducks to his high school in South Suburban Chicago and asked the principle if he could study the differences between satire and tragedy within the same plot lines of "Fail Safe" and "Dr. Strangelove" and direct a production of a Gore Vidal satire as an independent study course. After much exhaustive study in the school library, he concluded he wanted to meld both tragedy and satire by making audiences laugh then pull the rug out from under them. And that's what he has endeavored to do ever since, more or less. The essay was lost to the erosion of time but the inspiration remains. Don't worry, he still loves to act and Matt is blessed to get to do it when he is able. As long as it doesn't interfere with staying current with his beloved White Sox between takes.
- Les Averman
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