Date of Birth
9 December 1996, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
5' 10" (1.78 m)
An accomplished actor, musician, and award winning young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans was born in San Luis Obispo, CA. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 4 and began working in film and TV when he was age 9. In 2011, Matthew played Garrett Tiara opposite Cameron Diaz in Columbia Pictures feature comedy Bad Teacher for which he received a 2012 Young Artist Award in Los Angeles.
Matthew has appeared in a number of TV series episodes including Scrubs, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, King of Queens, Cavemen, Drake & Josh, and Zoey101. In 2013 he appeared as Irish exchange student Alistair on Disney XD series, Lab Rats, for which he won another Young Artist Award. In 2014, he guest starred as high school band leader Ross on Disney's comedy series I Didn't Do It.
A professional musician, Matthew sings and plays string bass, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar. He has produced and edited four documentary short films and received numerous awards for his work.
Matthew's mission as a filmmaker is to produce movies and videos that entertain, educate, inspire, and empower audiences to find value and meaning in their lives and in the world.
In 2009, he won 1st place in the middle school division of the Filmmakers of Tomorrow competition at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival for his documentary short film "Staying Spry".
In 2010 Matthew produced and directed a short film called "A War Story, A Love Story" which won Best Documentary and Best in Festival at Interlochen Future of Cinema International Film Festival. The film also won Best Documentary Short Film in the high school division of the San Luis Obispo Filmmakers of Tomorrow International Film Festival.
In 2011 Matthew produced and directed a documentary short film called "Poetic Justice Project", which won Best Student Documentary at the Spirit Quest Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Matthew was also awarded Best Young Filmmaker at the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival and Best Young Filmmaker Documentary Short at the Red Rock Film Festival in Utah. The film was also chosen as finalist at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.
In 2012 Matthew produced and directed a documentary short film called A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions (2012) featuring interviews with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. During 2013-14, the film has won the following awards at 16 film festival throughout the world: Best Short Documentary, DocMiami Film FestivalBest Teen Film, Irvine Film FestivalAward of Merit, The Accolade competitionFilmmaker of Tomorrow, San Luis Obispo Int'l Film FestivalBest Youth Filmmaker, JAX Film FestivalBest High School Film, Cinema Verde Film FestivalScholarship Award, Future Wave Competition, Seattle Int'l Film FestMaking A Difference Award, Teen Truth Film FestivalYoung Filmmaker Spotlight, Geneva Film FestivalBest Teen Documentary, Int'l Family Film FestivalBest High School Film, Cinema Verde Film FestivalBest High School Film, Fandana FestivalBest Young Filmmaker, Da Vinci Film FestivalBest US Documentary, The Lovett High School Film FestivalBest Young Filmmaker, Utopia Film FestivalBest High School Film, Awareness FestivalBest Student Film, Route 66 Film FestivalFinalist: 2013 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, Cannes.
Studied with acclaimed booking coach Amy Lyndon.