Mat is originally from Sparta, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in Theatre/Dance from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in Choreography from Smith College. Mat’s training includes intensives with Doug Varone, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, David Dorfman, and the American Dance Festival.
Mat has worked with choreographers including Sidra Bell, Alberto Del Saz (Ririe-Woodbury), Travis Gatling, Cynthia Guttierez-Gardner, Maurice Fraga, and Bill T. Jones dancers Paul Matteson and Leah Cox. He performed in the Alwin Nikolais: Leaving a Legacy national tour, Core Project Chicago’s, The Dust, Fringe Tour, MTSU’s Exodus Project national tour, and Bill T. Jones’ reconstruction of Love Redefined at the American Dance Festival. Residencies/teaching positions include CORE Project Chicago Summer Intensive, Heritage Dance Project, Smith College, American College Dance Festival Northeast, Georgetown University, Williston Northampton School, Joy of Motion DC, and Howard Community College.
Mat’s choreography, deemed a "feast for the senses" (Carolyn Kelemen, dcmetrotheatrearts.com), has been presented in Nashville, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Chicago, Boulder, New York City, and Washington DC. Currently, he dances and collaborates with S.J. Ewing and Dancers and Ekilibre Dance Company. Mat performed with CKM&A for two seasons.