About Matt

Matt Lewis’ most recent Off-Broadway appearance was in 2016 at the Beckett Theatre in Here I Sit Brokenhearted. He made his Off-Broadway debut in 2012 at the 59E59 Theater in Hell: Paradise Found (www.hellparadisefound.com), deemed, “a witty comedy with matter of fact absurdity,” by the New York Times, and, “a screwball comedy with crackling performances and wickedly funny punchlines,” by Backstage. His regional credits include Cymbeline, Macbeth, My Fair Lady, The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, Camelot (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Six Degrees of Separation (Charlotte Rep), Memphis: the Musical (Aurora and Theatrical Outfit), The Bridges of Madison CountyHands on a Hardbody (Aurora Theatre), Ghost: the Musical, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Man Who Came to DinnerBuddy! The Buddy Holly Story; Great Expectations (Georgia Ensemble), On Golden Pond (Stage Door Players), West Side StoryUrinetown, Assassins (Fabrefaction Theatre Co.), Cannibal! The Musical (Dad’s Garage), The Importance of Being Earnest (Academy Theatre),  and A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Theatre Gael). Film credits include Disney Shot Kennedy (Modest Conspiracy Films), winner of Official Selections in the 2010 New York Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival, the 2010 Atlanta Underground Film Festival, and the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival. Television credits include Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Resurrection (ABC), Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Nashville (CMT), and Swamp Murders (Investigation Discovery).

He received his MFA in Acting at the University of Alabama in 2012 under the tutelage of Seth Panitch, and his BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University in 2008.

Matt is an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches TPS 2203: Fundamentals of Acting, TPS 2202: Introduction to Acting and TPS 1107: Theatre in Society; an introductory survey course. He has also taught Acting I at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. As part of his Graduate Assistantship at the University of Alabama, Matt was the Professor of Record for Acting I for majors, Beginning Acting for non-majors, and Voice and Diction. He also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for six semesters of Introduction to Theatre.

Matt’s first role was Ellard in a summer production of The Foreigner, directed by his dad. 11-year-old Matt originally balked at the offer. His dad, knowing he just needed a good shove in the right direction, fibbed and said that thousands of programs had already been printed with his name in them, and thus if he didn’t do the show his dad would “get in trouble.” Thankfully, this bit of trickery allowed Matt to discover his true passion in life at a relatively early age.

animal-crackers002 Needless to say, Matt grew up on the boards. Since then, he has been an actor and student of the craft of acting for over 20 years. In addition to being granted a full Graduate Assistantship by the University of Alabama, Matt’s work was also recognized by UA in 2012 and 2010 when he twice received the Marian Gallaway Graduate Acting Award for Excellence in Performance. In 2015, Matt received Suzi Bass Award Nominations for “Best Ensemble” for Hands on a Hardbody and “Best Musical” for Memphis. He was a member of the ensemble of Fabrefaction Theatre’s 2012 production of Assassins, named the Best Production of the Year by artsatl.com. In 2009, Matt also earned an Atlanta Suzi Bass Award Nomination for “Best Musical” for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Also in 2009, Atlanta Sunday Paper’s annual Spotlight List of Top 10 Theatre Productions included Great Expectations.

Prior to completion of his Bachelor’s, Matt took a break from theatre and spent five years as the lead singer of Atlanta-based rock band Clocked In (www.myspace.com/clockedintttm), releasing the full-length album Tied to the Mast on NYC’s Radical Records in 2001.

In his spare time, Matt is a doting husband and father of two and a golfer who never has time to play. He lives in Atlanta.

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