Mathew has always surrounded himself with performing arts. Growing up in Newcastle, he performed with a variety of theatre companies throughout the Hunter. At seventeen years of age, he played Doug in Tantrum Theatre’s Cosi (directed by Leticia Caceres), an experience that cemented his passion for a career in the industry.
Mathew subsequently worked extensively with the Newcastle-based Stooged Theatre of which he was appointed the Artistic Director in 2017. Mathew has performed in three Stooged productions, directed five productions and has held the position of Marketing Manager and Treasurer at differet times since the company’s incorporation.
Mathew was awarded the CONDA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Fidel in NDAC's The Witches of Eastwick in 2010, and his Stooged Theatre production of The Pillowman picked up Best Production in 2012.
Upon acceptance to Actors Centre Australia, Mathew made the move to Sydney, performing in devised works Cartography (directed by Anthony Skuse and Sam Chester) and In Times of War / Gold (directed by Jennifer West and Sam Chester). Also with ACA, he played Dobchinski in The Government Inspector (directed by George Ogilvie), Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Adam Cook), in verbatim piece Mind the Gap (directed by Dean Carey), and as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire and Tom Junior in Sweet Bird of Youth (both directed by Gale Edwards).
Most recently, Mathew appeared in Midas Gold's film clip "Work It Out" (in a collaboration with NIDA and Triple J Unearthed), performed in Big One Little One's Confetti at ATYP, and performed in Glitterbomb's A Period Piece at The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown (directed by Carissa Licciardello).
Mathew holds a Bachelor of Communication (maj. Journalism and Media Studies) and works for the Arts Health Institute, bringing performance and creativity to people with dementia.