S.J. De Matteo
Award: Fulbright U.S. Student Award
Sponsor: Trinity College Dublin
Institution: Mint Theater Company in New York City
S.J. de Matteo (they/them) is a writer and researcher interested in literature, religion, collective cultural memory, and revisionist history. They are currently a postgraduate student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale Divinity School. Previously they earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Master of Letters from Trinity College Dublin. Their work has been supported through grants from the Institute of International Education and the New York Foundation of the Arts. In 2022 they were selected by the German Marshall Fund of the United Stages as an EU-US Young Leader. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, they spent two seasons as the Associate Director of Mint Theater Company, an Obie Award winning not-for-profit heralded by The New York Times as the “resurrectionists extraordinaire of forgotten plays.” During their tenure they co-curated the company’s “Lost Voices in Black History” series with Dr. Aviva Helena Neff, which is forthcoming as a monograph. S.J. spent the duration of their Fulbright researching the life and work of Teresa Deevy, one of Ireland’s most prolific and routinely overlooked 20th century authors.