“A Day in the Life” with Vancouver Actor Matthew Valinho

Matthew Valinho is an accomplished athlete, business student, and actor who values hard work, community, and dedication to his craft. Born and raised in Vancouver, Matthew was drawn to theatre at an early age after seeing a Magee Mainstage production of Legally Blonde.

Matthew went on to audition for Mainstage, obtaining roles in a number of productions. He also had the opportunity to collaborate with such industry notables as music director, Christopher King, and choreographer, Ken Overbey. Now a graduate of that program, Matthew has gone on to have roles in Theatre Under the Stars productions of We Will Rock You and, most recently, the Prom.

Beneath his charming exterior lies an equally charming, hardworking young crackerjack who is as comfortable in the boardroom as he is on stage. Currently, in his fourth year of studies at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, Matthew is pursuing a double specialization in Marketing and Operations & Logistics.

Theatre has allowed Matthew to develop and hone many valuable leadership traits while pursuing his passion for performing: initiative, humility, communication, mutual respect for others, positivity and confidence. These traits run deeper than any single performance on stage.

Matthew is grateful for the tremendous support and encouragement he has received from everyone at Theatre Under the Stars. Come January, you can find Matthew playing the role of Lumière in Align Entertainment’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

-Written by George Valinho, Matthew’s uncle

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Matthew Valinho and Marija Danyluk with the company of the Prom performing “Love Thy Neighbour”. Costume Design by Stephanie Kong, Lighting Design by Robert Sondergaard, Set Design and Photography by Brian Ball.
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Backstage at Malkin Bowl with the Prom castmate and dressing room partner, Greg Armstrong-Morris.
Matthew in Theatre Under the Stars’ 2022 production of We Will Rock You. Costume Design by Brian Ball, Set and Lighting Design by Robert Sondergaard, and Photography by Emily Cooper.
Matthew after finishing a bartending shift at the Arts Club’s newly re-opened Backstage Lounge.
Golfing with friends at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club. From L-R: Xander Gallow, Thomas Foote, Matthew Valinho.
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Matthew with Coach Ka after working on his back tuck at Flight Club Artistic Movement.
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A rare occasion of Cosmo, the family pug and Pepper, the family cat getting along.


Which hood are you in?

I reside in Champlain Heights, a Vancouver neighbourhood where I grew up and have lived my entire life.

What do you do?

I am an actor, primarily working in the world of musical theatre. While also completing my Bachelor of Commerce at UBC, I perform in local theatre productions, seeking to develop myself as an actor, singer, and dancer.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am playing the role of Trent Oliver in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of The Prom. In January, I will be playing the role of Lumière in Align Entertainment’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

Where can we find your work?

Follow me on Instagram for updates on upcoming projects!



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