Matthew B. Cullen (he/él) is a theatre director and deviser born in Bogotá, Colombia, adopted, then raised in Buffalo, NY. With his work, MBC strives to explore the definition of theatre with a process focused practice. His process is rooted in listening and collaborating and centers around disrupting oppressive, harmful practices to re-build towards a healthy, equitable, community based process. Matthew often gravitates towards developing new works and re-contextualizing existing pieces.
Directing credits include Finding Love Airlines (in English and Spanish), Tales of the Past, Astronomy 101, Shades of Blue, Like Icarus, and motha how could you eva. Assistant directing credits include Wild Party (choreographed by Jen Cody) and The Tempest.
During the first year of the pandemic, Matthew spent his Monday afternoon's on Zoom taking class with U.K. directors Robert Icke and Lyndsey Turner. The "Directing Zoom" has been a blessing for MBC and his growth as a director.
Matthew is a SAFD certified combatant having trained under Steve Vaughan. He holds a recommend pass in unarmed (2022) and single sword (2022) as well as a basic pass in broadsword (2022), quarterstaff (2022), and rapier&dagger (2021). In addition to his combat work, he has also worked with Theatrical Intimacy Education to train in the Basic Practices. Both his stage combat and intimacy direction training have been crucial to his work as a director. He hopes to pursue further training, especially in intimacy direction.
Currently, Matthew is a junior at the State University of New York at Fredonia pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Arts with minors in Arts Administration and English.
An avid play reader, here are some of his favorite writers (who you should definitely be checking out): James Ijames, Alexis Scheer, Hayley St. James, Aleesha Harris, Anna Ziegler, Clare Barron, Ntozake Shange, Caryl Churchill, Ashley Griffin, Paula Vogel, Aaron Posner, Lester Mayers, and Duncan Macmillan.