M A T T Y B A L K U M
ALSO KNOWN AS
Moved to engage in cultural work by a deep sense of urgency, Matty has been shaping energies and matter about them from childhood. Believing in the intrinsic political nature of all things, they seek to move, agitate, and inspire with their work.
Born in the fever dream that is Tampa, Florida, Matty has always been an eccentric. A practitioner of epic theatre from early adolescence, directing the neighborhood youngins in what can only be described as "Proto-queer Youth Guerrilla Performance Art" they have always found a way to push the envelope.
Matty holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Emphases in Directing, Devising & Solo Performance, and a Minor in Gender Studies. At the Conservatory, they undertook applied study in Dramaturgy.
As a student of Queer culture and history, poetics, and camp, Matty offers zaniness and intrigue in all that they do.
When not pouring over the Quotations of Mao Tse-Tung or scrawling a poem, they’re eagerly developing new drag content, relearning the accordion, dancing with reckless abandon, or haunting a garden.