TED Spotlights PS Alum Matthew A. Wilson

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020

Matthew A. WIlson

Photo Credit: Ryan Lash/TED

PS Alum Matthew A. Wilson (M.A. '18) delivers a TED Talk on how the arts can put the care back in healthcare.

Emmy-award winner, polymath and Performance Studies Alum Matthew Allen Wilson is a playful communicator, helping companies improve employee and customer experiences. The TED Organization awarded Mr. Wilson a highly competitive residency at their headquarters in New York City, which culminated in giving his talk on the TED stage.

“I sought an incubator for my project at the intersection of culturally relevant arts practices and healthcare, and was fortunately awarded a residency with the TED organization within a year of graduating from the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.” 

As a supervising medical clown with the first professional medical clown program in the United States, Matthew brought joy and delight to critical care environments in some of the top research hospitals in the country. These experiences are at the center of his TED Talk. 

After completing his graduate degree in Performance Studies, Matthew formed a tactical arts consultancy, implementing researched-based strategies from the arts to improve staff and patient experiences in a variety of care-settings.

Other highlights from Matthew's career include an Emmy Award-winning turn on television and touring the globe with Britney Spears. He also swallows swords. Matthew teaches career communication and personal branding to the next generation of business leaders at the Fordham Gabelli School of Business in New York City.