About Matthew Wrather

Matthew Wrather (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is an actor whose career, begun as a child in his native Los Angeles, spans two decades and three continents. Matt appeared alongside Sam Waterston in Travesties at Long Wharf Theater and alongside Ed Asner in the short film The Raft. Additional film credits include the titular character in Lucas Mirelles’s black comedy A Bad Person and a would-be terrorist with pangs of conscience in Iris Hefler’s Brother’s Keeper, produced by Academy Award-winner Bobby Moresco. Stage work includes Lt. Charles in The Adding Machine, directed by SITI Company’s J. Ed Araiza, and the initial reading of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, directed by Tina Landau. Beyond acting, Matt is an accomplished singer, pianist, and composer, with two full-length musicals and dozens of musical theater songs to his credit. And he is founder and editor-in-chief of Overthinking It, a successful website for pop culture nerds. He holds an M.F.A. from UCLA and his B.A. from Yale.

For ten years, Matt was a member of Actors’ Repertory Theatre at Santa Monica Playhouse in his native Los Angeles, appearing in nearly one thousand performances of some four dozen productions and touring with the company internationally. There, he collaborated with award-winning playwright Evelyn Rudie on book, music, and lyrics for two full-length works, the experimental musical dreamward and the LA hit Backstreet, an adaptation of Sholom Asch’s God of Vengeance, which played nine months on the Los Angeles stage with Matt co-starring.

Matt graduated from Yale College in 2002 with a degree in writing poetry, and after valiantly trying to hold down a civilian job, rededicated himself to theater and film full-time.

While in New Haven, Matt was a Resident Artist in Long Wharf Theatre’s Next Stage program from 2006–2007. He is, in absentia, producer-at-large with New Haven Theater Company, a revolutionary collective dedicated to redefining live theater for the audiences of the next generation. With NHTC, Matt has performed in storefronts, parking spaces, and city busses, as well as traditional theater venues. New York appearances include the FringeNYC production of KNB: The Romantical Comical Nautical Musical (review) and Fall Out in the underground “Binge” Festival.