About Me

Full Stack Skills + Creative Artistry

A Software Engineer with the collaborative and imaginative skill set of a highly-experienced classically-trained actor, I'm driven by innate curiosity, a knack for puzzle-solving, and a passion for teamwork. I have 2+ years of professional full stack experience on an e-commerce marketplace web app with monthly traffic in the tens of millions.

After earning my BFA from The Juilliard School Drama Division, I enjoyed an extensive career as a professional actor. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, though, I took the huge leap from theatrical scripts to JavaScript. I was one of the < 3% of applicants accepted to App Academy, where I completed an intensive full-stack course that gave my proficiency a rocket boost!

I then landed the first software engineering job I interviewed for, and was promoted from junior to mid-level Engineer after 18 months. Recent downsizing has me back on the job market, and I'm hoping to join a team as skillful, communicative, and supportive as my crew at TeePublic.

Or to put it another way...

I am the very model of a Full Stack Software Engineer.
With JavaScript and Ruby, I'm concocting code that's crystal clear.
In two years at TeePublic, I reduced the tech debt overload,
Updating or eliminating sixteen thousand lines of code.

I led an icon overhaul that rendered 70%
More quickly than the former way. I then went on to implement
A feature for free shipping (from discovery through live QA)
That boosted Xmas income by an excess of $500K.

Our ViewComponent library for Rails I helped to architect,
And mentored cross-team engineers, ensuring usage was correct.
In short, in matters technical, pragmatical, and peer-to-peer
I am the very model of a Full Stack Software Engineer!

I haven't always coded. A career I had upon the stage.
On Broadway, yes, but frequently where no one pays a living wage.
On prime-time television I played roles of no profundity
But had a fun commercial doing Ryan Reynolds puppetry.

The Covid-19 crisis made an actor's life unduly hard
But software engineering wasn't taught to me at Juilliard
I sought instruction tough as that intensive undergrad o' me
And found it in the engineering course at App Academy.

Of applicants accepted I was one of less than three percent
A Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript curriculum I underwent
In short time I transformed to a proficient shipping Shakey-speare!
Forsooth, the very model of a Full Stack Software Engineer.

My Skill Set

  • Languages: Ruby | JavaScript | TypeScript
  • Frameworks: Ruby on Rails | ViewComponent | Stimulus.js | React.js | Redux.js | Node.js | Express.js | Next.js | jQuery
  • Databases: PostgreSQL | SQLite | MongoDB | Redis | Knex.js
  • Tools: Git | Webpack | Sidekiq | Temporal
  • Infrastructure: Heroku | AWS | Docker
  • Testing: RSpec | Jest | Vitest
  • CI/CD: GitHub Actions | CircleCI
  • Styling: HTML5 | Haml | CSS | SASS | Tailwind
  • Project Management: Agile | Confluence | Jira
  • Design: AdobeCC | Affinity | Canva | Figma
  • Methodologies: RESTful APIs | OOP | TDD
To kick off my transition to tech, I spent over a thousand hours in four months immersed in rigorous instruction and pair programming at App Academy, digesting new technologies at a blistering pace. I'm a keen and quick learner, and I relish every opportunity to add to my tool belt. In the words of one of my cherished colleagues at TeePublic,

"I was amazed by his rapid growth as a skilled engineer during the time we worked together, fueled by his passion for learning and asking thoughtful questions."

My Prior Career

"But soft! What bug doth yon production break?"

"Have I seen you in anything?"

With a BFA from The Juilliard School Drama Division, I have been a member of Actors' Equity Assn. since 1995, and of SAG-AFTRA since 2001. I was awarded the Presidential Scholar in the Arts medal, and have performed on television and in plays, regionally, internationally, and Off- and on Broadway, including the Tony® award-winning revivals of CABARET and Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING.

Behind the scenes, I directed the first NYC revival of John Logan's NEVER THE SINNER, served as dialect coach for Convergent Theatre Co.'s THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN and MAJOR BARBARA, and worked as a scenic carpenter for several Off-Broadway theaters. I've also narrated audiobooks for Audible and Recorded Books, and done on-camera and voice-over commercials. I'm particularly proud of my Toon Blast ad, where I played the Puppeteer of Ryan Reynolds's fake arms.

As a musician, I played venues from CBGB to Joe's Pub to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Once, a few castmates from CABARET and I sang the US and Canadian national anthems at a Mets game.

I bring my creativity to bear in many other ways, too, whether collaboratively or DIY. Ask me about my space-efficient furniture design and construction, or the time I crafted 12 unique light-up wands for a Harry Potter themed birthday party!

The Company
                  of IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET, by Nick Payne, at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre
Brooke Shields as Sally Bowles and Matthew Greer as Cliff in CABARET, directed by Sam Mendes
Click to enlarge photo of Brooke Shields as Sally Bowles and Matthew Greer as Cliff in CABARET, directed by Sam Mendes.

CABARET

I starred opposite Brooke Shields, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, and others in the Tony® Award winning Broadway revival.
Matthew Greer with Ryan Reynolds in commercial for Toon Blast
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer with Ryan Reynolds in commercial for Toon Blast.

TOON BLAST commercial - "Arms, featuring Ryan Reynolds"

Deadpool & me, NBD
Matthew Greer as the iconic French Taunter in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer as the iconic French Taunter in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT.

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT

"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
Matthew Greer and the cast of Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer and the cast of Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS

I played Ulysses S. Grant, John Wilkes Booth, William Tecumseh Sherman, and... Mary Seurat???
Matthew Greer as Sherlock Holmes and Liam Craig as Dr. Watson
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer as Sherlock Holmes and Liam Craig as Dr. Watson.

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

"The game is afoot!"
Nathan Lee Graham and Matthew Greer in HIT THE WALL
Click to enlarge photo of Nathan Lee Graham and Matthew Greer in HIT THE WALL.

HIT THE WALL

Off-Broadway premiere of Ike Holter's theatrical investigation of the 1969 Stonewall Riots
Matthew Greer as Oscar Wilde
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer as Oscar Wilde.

THE SECRET FALL OF CONSTANCE WILDE

Oscar Wilde
Matthew Greer as Athos in THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Greer in his award-winning performance as Athos in THE THREE MUSKETEERS.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

2018 S.A.L.T. Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Santino Fontana as Hamlet and Matthew Greer as Claudius in Shakespeare's HAMLET
Click to enlarge photo of Santino Fontana as Hamlet and Matthew Greer as Claudius in Shakespeare's HAMLET.

HAMLET

"Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damned Dane,
Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?
Follow my mother."
Veanne Cox, Matthew Greer, and Olympia Dukakis in A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, AND A GUN
Click to enlarge photo of Veanne Cox, Matthew Greer, and Olympia Dukakis in A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, AND A GUN.

A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, AND A GUN

Original Off-Broadway Cast, with Veanne Cox and Olympia Dukakis
Liam Neeson and castmates Tom Hollander, Miranda Kent, and Matthew Greer from The Judas Kiss on Broadway
Click to enlarge photo of Liam Neeson and castmates Tom Hollander, Miranda Kent, and Matthew Greer from The Judas Kiss on Broadway.

THE JUDAS KISS

I made my Broadway debut (in a noteworthy costume) shaking hands with Liam Neeson in THE JUDAS KISS.

Contact Me

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