About MBC

Matthew B. Cullen (he/él) is a theatre generator, facilitator, and curator born in Bogotá, Colombia, adopted, then raised in Buffalo, NY. 

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 under U.K. directors Robert Icke and Lyndsey Turner.

He has also worked extensively on the producing and administrative side. Over the summer, Matthew worked as the Assistant Company Manager and COVID Safety Specialist at Chautauqua Theater Company. He stepped in as Company Manager for the final weeks of the season. Additionally, Matthew is an Artistic Associate at the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab, a New York based company dedicated to the promotion and development of new musicals by Latiné writers. 

Through these roles, Matthew is working to explore the definition of theatre with a process focused practice. His process is rooted in listening and collaborating, centering around disrupting oppressive, harmful practices to reconstruct towards a healthy, equitable, community based process. Or, in short, process over product.

To the utter shock of any of his middle school English teachers, Matthew is (now) an avid reader. He enjoys diving into plays, 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 not sure if he'll keep it.

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What's up next for MBC:

Directing (Generating, Facilitating):

Beginning in October, Matthew will be Assistant Directing Great Expectations at Irish Classical Theatre in Buffalo, NY

Research (Generating): 

Matthew is currently doing research for his senior thesis, rooted in the work of Dominique Morisseau and Erika Dickerson-Despenza, which explores and challenges audience etiquette in American theatre.