Matt Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow

Campus

Biography

Matt Jones (he/him) is a writer, activist, teacher, and theatre creator. His writing on the politics of war, terrorism, and racism in performance has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre History in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, SubStance and elsewhere. He is working on a book manuscript titled The Body at War, 2001-2016: Necro-Performance and the Global War on Terror. Based on his dissertation, this work offers a transnational study of how artists in theatre, performance art, digital media, and installation art have created work to respond to the deathscapes established in Iraq and Afghanistan by the War on Terror. He has been involved in anti-war organizing for many years, most notably with the Montreal-based Collectif Échec à la guerre. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, where he is Project Manager of "Gatherings Archival and Oral Histories of Performance" and Project Supervisor of “Quarantine Performance: Global Responses to COVID-19 in the Performing Arts.” 

Matt has taught courses in performance theory, theatre history, and theories of decolonization and resistance at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the University of Windsor, and X University (formerly Ryerson). His journalistic writing has appeared in 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: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/666776/pdf

“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: https://ctr-utpjournals-press.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/doi/abs/10.3138/ctr.175.010

“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: https://ctr.utpjournals.press/doi/10.3138/ctr.157.006

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRONChJ0ADU

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: https://www.abumovie.com/

Education

MA, Concordia University
BA, Concordia University