Matt Jones

PhD Candidate


Matt Jones researches issues of war, terrorism, security, and racism in performance. His dissertation, is The Shock and Awe of the Real: Political Performance in an Age of War and Terror, is a transnational study of theatre, live art, direct action protests, and new media installations about the recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. His published writing has addressed problems of representing war in performance as well as the performative construction of war in reality. He is the recent co-editor, with Barry Freeman, of a special issue of Canadian Theatre Review exploring the subject of “Post-Truth.”

Matt has taught courses in performance theory, theatre history, academic writing, and creative writing at the University of Toronto, Seneca College, and Concordia University. His writing has appeared in academic and journalistic publications, including Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, SubStance,, the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, This Magazine, and Canadian Dimension. As a playwright and theatre devisor, his work includes the plays Dracula in a Time of Climate Change, The Mysterious Case of the Flying Anarchist and the collective creations Death Clowns in Guantánamo Bay and ASMRtist. As a dramaturg, he has worked on Mohammad Yaghoubi’s A Moment of Silence, Djanet Sears’s production of Scorched, and Arshad Khan’s award-winning documentary film, Abu. His work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Selected work

“Vomiting on New Friends: Charlie Hebdo and the Legacy of Anarchic Black Humour in French Comics.” SubStance, vol. 47, no. 2, 2017, pp. 71-94. DOI: 10.3368/ss.46.2.71. Link:

“Forced Entertainment? Gamified Surveillance in Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical.” Canadian Theatre Review, no. 175, Summer 2018, pp. 52-56. DOI: 10.3138/ctr.175.010 Link:

“After Kandahar: Canadian Theatre’s Engagement with the War in Afghanistan.” Canadian Theatre Review no. 157, 2014, pp. 26-29. DOI: 10.3138/ctr.157.006. Link:

ASMRtist. By Sarah Marchand and Matt Jones. Directed by Chelsea Dab-Hilke. Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto. 3 Feb, 2017. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, Toronto, 7-16 Sept. 2017 (Playwright and Production Dramaturg). Link:

Abu. Written and Directed by Arshad Khan. Narration by Arshad Khan and Matt Jones. Narration directed by Deepa Mehta. National Film Board of Canada. Feature-length documentary. Premiere: Los Angeles International Film Festival. 18 Jun. 2017. Winner of 9 awards, including Best Documentary, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, 9 Sept. 2017 (Secondary screenwriter). Link:


MA, Concordia University
BA, Concordia University