Matthew R. Wilson


Scholar & Teacher

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

“Wilson…is pretty brainy about his low business.”
–The Washington Post

Matt is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, and he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy for Classical Acting, as well as a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University.

Matt is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of Mississippi having previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Acting at George Washington University, George Mason University, Virginia Intermont University, and the University of Maryland, and he has been a Guest Artist/Instructor at a variety of colleges and universities including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the Academy for Classical Acting.  He was an instructor of Commedia dell’Arte for six years at Antonio Fava’s school in Reggio-Emilia, Italy, and he has taught Stage Combat at theatre conferences throughout North America.  He has also been a Master Teaching Artist with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Matt’s teaching specialties include Acting, Theatrical Movement, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Commedia dell’Arte, Dramatic Theory, and Theatre History.

As a scholar and researcher, Matt has presented papers at U.S. and international theatre conferences. He has also published and served as a panel scholar for the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company and is a contributing author to The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte (Routledge, 2015) and to the 2nd revised and expanded edition of Movement for Actors (Allworth, 2017).

With a general interest in Renaissance theatre, Matt’s specific research focus is in Commedia dell’Arte from its historical origins to contemporary performance.  He has also studied theatre architecture with Franklin J. Hildy, dramatic theory with Catherine Schuler, American theatre with Heather Nathans, performance studies with Laurie Frederik Meer, and classical acting with Michael Kahn, Gary Logan, Floyd King, Edward Gero, and Franchelle Stewart Dorn.  He is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.





Photo: “Make ‘Em Laugh: Common Ground in Comic Characters.” TEDxUM Talk at The University of Mississippi. Photo by Georgia Norfleet.