Matthew B. Cullen (he/él) is a theatre director and administrator born in Bogotá, Colombia, adopted, then raised in Buffalo, NY. He views his work as generating, facilitating, and curating.
His work is focused on disrupting oppressive and harmful practices by centering health, equity, and collaboration in his process. The goal is collective liberation by investing in the process over the product.
Like many, his point of entry in theatre was through performance, but as a Latino growing up in a white community, he struggled to see himself represented in the media he consumed and consequently theatre. This frustration led him towards directing (generating, facilitating) and producing (facilitating, curating): positions where he felt he could actively change this.
Matthew gravitates towards developing new works, where the bulk of his directing credits lay. He has studied directing under U.K. directors Robert Icke and Lyndsey Turner.
Administratively, Matthew worked as the Assistant Company Manager and COVID Safety Specialist at Chautauqua Theater Company during their 2022 season. He stepped in as Company Manager for the final weeks of the summer. Past affiliations include Irish Classical Theatre Company (Directing Apprentice), Latiné Musical Theatre Lab (Artistic Associate), KMEntertainment (Operations and Logistics Manager), Disruptive Compassion: A Table Reading Series (Founder), Main Street Studios (Artistic Intern).
To the utter shock of any of his middle school English teachers, Matthew is (now) an avid reader. He enjoys diving into plays, essays, books on theory and history, and slowly getting into cook books! Some of his favorite playwrights include Alexis Scheer, James Ijames, Hayley St. James, Aleesha Harris, Anna Ziegler, Ntozake Shange, Clare Barron, Caryl Churchill, Ashley Griffin, Paula Vogel, Lester Eugene Mayers, and Duncan Macmillan.
Currently, Matthew is a senior at the State University of New York at Fredonia pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Arts with minors in Arts Administration and English with an expected graduation in May 2023.
Oh ya, he has a mustache now. He's kept it much longer than he anticipated...
Investing In a Process Focused Practice
What's goin' on with MBC:
Directing (Generating, Facilitating):
Currently in pre-process, Matthew is collaborating to develop a new one act play. The upcoming workshop will take place over Zoom.
Research and Writing(Generating):
Matthew has begun writing his senior thesis, rooted in the work of Dominique Morisseau and Erika Dickerson-Despenza, which explores and challenges audience etiquette in American theatre. Currently, the title of the paper is "Reconstructing Theatre Etiquette: Investing in the Liberation of the Audience Engagement Experience"