Matthew Wilson

M.A. Candidate

Matthew Wilson

Emmy Award winner Matthew Wilson studied Biophysics at Vassar College, where he started a juggling group, supervised the Campus Emergency Medical Service, sang in the Opera Department and conducted micro-surgery on medicinal leeches.  Combining his curiosity for circus and sideshow with his penchant for the health sciences, Matt moved to New York City to pursue medical clowning. His research theorizing the transgressive play of the medical clown was recently published in The Journal of Childhood Studies, drawing from a multidisciplinary background integrating collaborative expressive arts practices within institutional settings. He has guest lectured in the Center for Neural Science here at NYU, appeared regularly on Cyberchase: For Real" on PBS, and toured with Britney Spears.

Why PS @ NYU?

When you say ‘Performance Studies’, you enact a body of incredible thinkers at the intersection of performance and the academy. This body (without organs) has helped me articulate and frame the disparate phenomena that I have encountered in my years of interdisciplinary performance praxis. I want to contribute to this remarkable body that uses performance and theory as a critical lens for uncovering the questions that need to be asked.

Education

New York University

Master of Arts Candidate - Performance Studies

New York, New York

 

Vassar College

Bachelor of Arts - Biophysics 

Dutchess County, New York

Other Special Tidbits

• Emmy Award for "Cyberchase: For Real"

• NYU Tisch GSO Interdepartmental Grant

•New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Artist Commission

•New York Foundation for the Arts Opportunity Grant

• Bindlestiff Family Cirkus First of May Award, commissioning new work

• "MEDICAL CLOWNING: AN EMBODIMENT OF TRANSGRESSIVE PLAY" IN A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE JOURNAL OF CHILDHOOD STUDIES, RE-THINKING THE LUDIC: IMAGINING PLAY AS OTHERWISE