Matt Lee is a leading international dance and musical theatre personality and choreographer. Hailing from and training in Australia, he has starred in television and stage productions all over the world from the age of 9. In the past ten years he has also carved out an impressive reputation as one of the top creative forces in the business.
Matt’s performance career so far has spanned 25 years, playing roles in such shows as RENT, Grease: The Arena Spectacular, Oh! What a Night, Miss Saigon, Hot Shoe Shuffle, The Witches of Eastwick, Hugh Jackman’s: The Boy From OZ, Singin’ in the Rain and We Will Rock You.
Matt is perhaps best known for his acclaimed performance in the role of Bert for Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s production of Mary Poppins in Australia, New Zealand and on the UK and International tour which concluded in 2017 after an impressive 20-mmonth run. He won the prestigious 2011 Helpmann Award in Australia for ‘Best Male Actor in a Musical’ for this role.
He is also now famous for his exceptional portrayal of the beloved character “Olaf” in the Australian Production of Disney’s Frozen the Musical touring the country and playing in Singapore throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023. Since then he has starred in new musical work Midnight (Aspect Entertainment) as Andre and Mr Abernathy to critical acclaim.
When not in the cast of a musical, Matt can be found on stage with fellow Australian leading men Ben Mingay, Luke Kennedy, and Rob Mills in Swing On This, a show of reworked classic swing and popular music arranged for an 18 piece big band. The show debuted to a sold-out season at ‘The Adelaide Cabaret Festival’ and have continued to delight audiences all over Australia.
On screen, Matt played ‘Johnno’ in Dein Perry’s film BOOTMEN starring Sam Worthington and Adam Garcia (and adapted from the award-winning stage show Tap Dogs). He was also a part of the principal motion capture team on the Oscar and BAFTA winning film Happy Feet, playing the role of the tap dancing penguin Mumble.
Behind the scenes, Matt has worked in a creative capacity with Paula Abdul, Hugh Jackman, Kenny Ortega and Ben Elton. He has choreographed for Hilary Duff, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Marcia Hines, Human Nature and Ricky Martin. Matt choreographed the world premiere performance of Ricky’s single Come with Me and re-staged the American Billboard Awards performance of his Smash hit VIDA for Channel 9’s The Voice Australia. He also choreographed Martin’s Australian NRL Grand Final performance, featuring Jessica Mauboy, which played to a capacity stadium of 85,000.
In 2019 Matt cast a team of dancers for Samantha Jade’s chart hit “Bounce” and choregraphed both the clip and all her live performances of the song. Matt was the choreographer for Australian group ‘sister2sister’ who toured the world with Britney Spears. He also worked as rehearsal director for Sony artist Timomatic on many live performances and was part of the creative team for his music videos Parachute and Everything is Allowed.
Matt is often recognised in Australia for his role on the judging panel for the Logie Award winning TV series So You Think You Can Dance Australia – a show on which he also served as a key choreographer. Matt’s on-camera role even landed him a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Talent.
Matt’s choreographic work for screen has seen him take on the role of resident choreographer on multiple seasons of the Australian TV series The Voice AU and Australia’s Got Talent as well as working on Channel 7’s dance series ‘DANCE BOSS‘.
Matt has choreographed for multiple Australian award shows including The TV Week Logie Awards, The AACTA’s and The Helpmann’s and has worked with internationally acclaimed A cappella band The Magnets, staging their new show The Naked 80’s which they performed at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe festival.
In the musical theatre world, which is one of his key creative passions moving forward, he has most recently choreographed The Fix, a musical by John Dempsey and Dana Rowe which was performed by the BA Musical Theatre graduating class of 2018 at The Guildford School of Acting.