Matthew Gusul

BA (Drama) Augustana University College
MA (Drama) University of Alberta
PhD Candidate (Applied Theatre) Victoria
Sessional Instructor
gus@uvic.ca
Public Speaking

Brief Biography

Matthew Gusul is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and has a history of working both as a theatre artist and as a development worker. His proposed thesis title for his Ph.D. in Theatre, expected in May, 2016, is “Intergenerational Theatre for Development: A Critical Case Study of an Intercultural Theatre Exchange between Tamil Nadu, India and Victoria, Canada.”

As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBT communities, and religious groups. Here in Victoria, he was the Director/Playwright for the Living History - Reminiscence Theatre Company, which took the stories of seniors and turned them into fictional plays, which were performed for the lodge residents during 2012/13. From 2005-2010, he was the Assistant Director of the GeriActors & Friends, an intergenerational theatre company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that brings together University of Alberta students and seniors from the Edmonton community to create theatre based upon stories from their lives. In 2009/10, he was the director of the Under One Sky: Multicultural Seniors’ Storytelling Project, which brought together Filipino, Korean, Latin American, and Canadian seniors to showcase their stories of diversity at various events throughout Edmonton. He has also taught workshops at conferences and by request in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, throughout Canada, rural Mexico, and India.

As a development worker, he has been a fundraiser, executive board member, project coordinator, and founder of a non-profit organization. In 2010/11, he was a Corporate Team Specialist for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This event raised over $8.5 million, making it the largest single fundraising event in Alberta’s history. He was Co-founder of Pedal 4 Pasos, a non-profit that fundraised for a free children’s clinic in rural Guatemala. He was one of four cyclists that traveled from Edmonton, Alberta to Guatemala in summer 2009, cycling over 6000 KM and fundraising over $20,000 for the clinic. He also sat as a member of the Board of Directors at Change for Children Association from 2007-2010, serving on the fundraising committee and one term as Vice-President. He has worked as coordinator for various projects with several Canadian non-profit organizations, including Asokan Project, Taking IT Global, Canada World Youth, and Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.