Matthew is an interdisciplinary theatre artist whose current theater work explores the nexus between art and politics, specifically through use of the comedy as a lens for investigating modern civil issues. He is theatre generalist with expertise in direction, acting, theatre history and costume design, but is interested in holistic approaches to theatre-making that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines. He has directed numerous productions at venues around New York including NYU, Theater for the New City, the cell and the Culture Project. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Saratoga Shakespeare Company and Off-Broadway at the Mint Theater. His costume designs have been seen at the Juilliard School, the Wheeler Opera House and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Matthew also worked as a costume artisan on various films including “X-Men”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “Charlie’s Angels”. He has been on the faculty at Adelphi University, SUNY Albany, Siena College and CUNY - Kingsborough. Currently, in addition to his work at Gallatin, Matthew also teaches at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. See examples of Matthew's academic and artistic work at his website: www.matthewajgregory.com
Teaching and Research Interests
theatrical design, performance, directing, history of the theatre, devised work, social and economic justice, science and theatre, Commedia dell Arte, satire and censorship, the psychological and physical effects of costumes on actors
B.A. Acting/Directing, SUNY Albany, 1996 M.F.A. Theatre, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
The Department of Fools, a Commedia dell'Arte company co-founded by Professor Matthew Gregory in 2015, performed at the 20th Annual NYC Fringe Festival in August of 2016 and also did a month-long run at the Peoples Improv Theater in February and March 2017.
For Theater in the Now, Professor Gregory speaks about Commedia dell'arte, his inspirations, and A History Of Servitude.
In 2015, Professor Gregory co-founded The Department of Fools, a Commedia dell'Arte collective. During the 2016 Gallatin Arts Festival, The Department of Fools presented one of their plays-in-progress, The Tooth Puller.
Professor Gregory and Professor Kristin Horton organized a staged reading, directed by Gregory, and a panel discussion of Sulayman Al-Bassam’s play The Al-Hamlet Summit in March 2014 at Gallatin.