Vijay Mathew is the Cultural Strategist and a co-founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons.
Vijay Mathew (he/him) is the Cultural Strategist and Co-Founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons founded in 2011 and based at Emerson College, Boston. He is also the Accessibility Producer of Black Heart, a BIPOC worker-owned cooperative agency specializing in digital communications for progressive organizations and collectives. He serves as a board member of Double Edge Theatre located in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts.
In the past decade, Vijay has helped facilitate the solidarity economy characteristics of HowlRound Theatre Commons’ current project design—all within a mainstream educational and arts institution. Through this work, he has contributed to building the organizational capacity for several hundred nonprofit organizations worldwide to livestream their conferences, panel discussions, and performances—with an emphasis on how organizations can prioritize accessibility, inclusion, and degrowth principles in digital work. When using internet technologies, he is passionate about the intersections of accessibility, inclusion, social change, and low-energy, regenerative futures. All of his work in these areas has been informed by solidarity economics and social-justice values.
Vijay has a MFA degree from New School University in Theatre and Directing and a BA in Media Studies from University of Chicago. In the accessibility field, he has earned the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential (2023).
His artistic background is as an ensemble-based filmmaker and theatremaker. He was also a multi-camera Directing Fellow for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, and his Broadway theatre credits include Little Dog Laughed as well as multiple nonprofit US regional theatre productions.
More research projects and writing:
- ArtsCarbon.com: Carbon emissions calculator for streaming media. Calculate the carbon emissions of your video streaming, podcasts, and conferencing activity.
- How do we increase access and inclusion while powering down civilization? A digital and ethical strategy for transitioning out of ecocide. — performing borders e-journal issue #1: fragments for borderless futures
Email: [email protected], Mobile/SMS: (+1) 917.686.3185.