who is that guy anyway?
Matt Surges' love of storytelling began one Christmas morning in Sacramento, California when he was given the greatest gift a kid of about six or seven could ever receive...a Super Nintendo. Right away, he was introduced to classics like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and Mario Kart, beginning a long journey of a love of video games, storytelling, and ultimately acting, singing, and voiceover.
When he was young, Matt drew inspiration from the various video games, Disney movies, and cartoons in his life to create stories of his own. He built his own unique worlds in the form of hand-drawn comic books, mimicking the various voices he heard in cartoons with his friends, and even put on impromptu plays in the backyard for his family.
In high school, he discovered his love for musical theatre when a friend dragged him to an audition for the spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress. He was cast in the musical, fell in love with everything about it, and joined the school choir the following year. He continued performing in musicals throughout his high school years.
Matt's love of singing and performing led him to pursue a degree in vocal performance at Sacramento State University. It was there that he learned all about classical music - particularly opera - and studied classical singing with a private teacher during his time at the school. It was also there that he had the opportunity to study acting with Tony Award-winning actress, Faith Prince. Faith would go on to be a huge influence on the decisions he made over the next few years. She convinced him to follow his dreams and move to New York City to study acting and pursue performing on Broadway.
In 2014, a year after graduating from Sacramento State and with many regional theatre credits under his belt, he officially decided to move across the country to NYC. He was accepted into the two-year acting conservatory program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre and started his studies there almost immediately. After graduating in 2016, he found representation as an actor/singer and was cast in the US national tour of Dirty Dancing in the role of Neil Kellerman. Matt literally had the "time of his life" performing around the country.
Upon returning to NYC, Matt discovered his love of writing, filmmaking, and voiceover. Not content with merely waiting for someone to give him the opportunity to act, he decided to start creating his own opportunities. He wrote, produced, edited, and starred in his own feature-length audio drama, Fate:, a film noir detective drama told in the style of the radio plays of the 1930s and ‘40s. His other works included a short play Daniel and the Girl that was featured in the short play festival "Just the Two of Us" and played at the Tank Theatre in NYC, and a short horror film, Stay Indoors, which is available to watch on YouTube.
As a voice actor, Matt has found commercial success lending his voice to companies such as Deer Park Water and DNSimple. However, his first love will always be video games and other forms of narrative storytelling. Matt is also an avid lover of Dungeons and Dragons and was featured as a voice actor in the D&D podcasts Four Orbs and Multiclass Theatre.
Ultimately, Matt's favorite part about this crazy business is not only having the opportunity to tell stories for a living but also the chance to collaborate and create with new people. So drop a line! He'd love to meet you and talk about what you're working on! He's always down to just talk video games and geek out (or play D&D...seriously, he wants to play some D&D). He cannot wait to work with you!