Mate Gaspar is the deputy program director of the Arts & Culture Program. Gaspar holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Paris (no. 8) and a master’s degree in literature and French studies from the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, Faculty of Arts. Currently, he is doing his DLA at the Doctoral School of the Academy of Film and Theatre in Budapest. His research focuses on cultural policies and management.
Gaspar has extensive experience in the field of independent performing arts; he has been working as press editor, theatre manager, and professional trainer for the part 13 years, and he was the managing director of a leading, independent theater company in Hungary. He is also a fellow of the working group U40-World Forum “Cultural Diversity 2030,” a participant of the European SPACE Performing Arts Managers on the move training program, and a member of the jury at the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources distributing financial support for independent performing art organizations.