Matré is a PhD student in the Musicology program at Princeton University. She studies modern-day performance practice (especially issues of Black identify and representation) in both the musical theater and operatic repertoires. In the past she has analyzed the usage of blackface in current productions of 19th century operas, such as Verdi's Otello.
Matré's current research focuses on Broadway musicals, composed since the 1990s, that feature Black characters and performers. She analyzes stereotypical portrayals of blackness in the American musical and reads these against the historical legacy of racism in theatrical performance. Through this lens, she studies the broader perception and reception of race in the United States.
Matré graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 where she received her B.A. in Music (with Honors) and minored in Creative Writing. A student of classical voice for nearly ten years, Matré continues to sing and perform on Princeton's campus. In her "spare" time, she continues to write Young Adult fiction and poetry.
Recognition & Awards
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, 2015-present
President's Fellowship, Princeton University, 2017-present
Probasco Award for Achievement in the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 2017