Actor w Singer w Dancer







Matt tour with the national tour of Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol Live! as Ryder. Performances were halted, however, due to the pandemic in March of 2020.

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Matt is excited to be playing Jordan

in Civic Theatre's production of Significant Other. 

Performances run March 18th-27th

in Allentown, PA.


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Gurniak was remarkable in every way, including his dance moves... [he] portrays a range of emotions, hitting all the right notes that renders this a performance to remember.

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Matt Gurniak is perfectly cast as Jordan Berman... [he] easily takes Jordan from over-the-top joy to frustrated, barely controlled anger to anguished despair.

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Gurniak especially conveys this joy of theater with moon-face smile, exuberant body language, and an ability to fold up like a rag doll and let the emotions cry like tears.

Significant Other
Civic Theatre of Allentown

Significant Other
Civic Theatre of Allentown

Significant Other
Civic Theatre of Allentown



Matt is a recent graduate from James Madison University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Chemistry. 


Originally from Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, Matt discovered his love of theatre when he was cast in his eighth grade play at St. Joseph the Worker School. After eighth grade, he continued to act and sing throughout high school, performing in theatrical productions and choral concerts.  During his senior year, he was fortunate enough to travel to New York City and participate in the The Jimmy Awards for his role as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical.  During his time at the Jimmy Awards, Matt worked with director Van Kaplan, choreographer Kiesha Lalama, and 59 other amazingly talented actors and actresses. PBS filmed the entire event and aired a three-part documentary series entitled "Broadway or Bust" in September 2012. In April 2017, Matt reunited with fellow Jimmy Award alumni to perform at a tribute event to celebrate the life of producer Jimmy Nederlander. The event took place at the Minksoff Theatre and included performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Tommy Tune, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett, and the cast of the Lion King.


In his free time, Matt also enjoys swimming, boating, horseback riding, composing, and playwriting. Recently, for his Senior Honors Project, he wrote and directed a one-act chemical comedy called Bonded: The Musical. The play was later adapted into a short, 20-minute film and premiered at JMU's student film festival, SMADFest, in May 2016. In August, it was selected to be presented at the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington D.C.


Links for Bonded can be found below: