is an actor, director, and teaching artist.

He grew up in Southern California, trained at Juilliard in NYC and is based in Milwaukee.

 

Matt Daniels

As an actor, Matt has appeared in various media, including award-winning independent films, on television, and on many stages in New York, Chicago, and regionally.

In 1992, Matt entered The Juilliard School Drama Division as the youngest member of his class, Group XXV.  He graduated in 1996.

In New York, he was a member of several celebrated theater companies, including Gorilla Rep., Inverse Theater, and Metropolitan Playhouse.

In 2003, Matt moved to the upper Midwest where he has been seen at Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, and American Theater Company. He was a founding member of goats & monkeys, a theater collective in Milwaukee.

Regionally, he has been seen at Lake Geneva Theater Co., Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Kentucky Repertory Theater, the Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, and Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, CT.

Matt can be seen in the award-winning independent films She Never Screams and Macbeth - the Comedy, and has appeared numerous times on Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

As a director, in 1998, Matt co-founded and was Artistic Director of Tyrannosaurus rep, for which he directed productions of The Winter’s Tale and Elektra.  In 2001, he directed The Tempest for 2texans Theater Co, and was active in the Inverse PlayGround new play development series. His work has also been seen at goats & monkeys, Sunset Playhouse, Broadway Baby Dinner Theater and various Milwaukee area high schools. Matt is also a director for First Stage Theater Academy’s Company Class.

As a teacher, Matt created Cues & All: the cutting edge verse resource, a forum for actors to hone their skills, especially with classical text.  He was on faculty at The Actors’ Institute, NY, teaching Vocal Dynamics and Script Analysis, and at Act One Studios in Chicago, he taught Voice and Speech and Shakespeare. Matt also had several private coaching clients, from both the entertainment and corporate sectors.  He is currently on the faculty at First Stage Theater Academy, serving as Associate Director of the First Stage Young Company, and is a co-founder and lead teaching artist for What You Will, a partnership of performers in education for area schools. He also continues to coach acting and voice and speech privately.

From 2001-2003, Matt was Company Manager of Food for Thought Productions, where he was instrumental in the production of both the Lunch Hour and Cocktail Hour reading series.  In addition to his work behind the scenes with the company, he directed several pieces, and also appeared in many readings, including Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter directed by Austin Pendleton, Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays, directed by Josie Abady, and Gurney’s The Love Course, directed by and starring legend Cliff Robertson.  Other actors Matt read with at Food for Thought included Kathleen Turner, Treat Williams, Marian Seldes, Matthew Cowles, and Christine Baranski.

He is very happily married to acupuncturist and herbalist Carrie Murphy.  He plays the ukulele and likes Shakespeare, comic books, and dinosaurs, not necessarily in that order.