Jeffrey Mosser

Unpacking the expectations of how theatre can be made.

Jeffrey Mosser is a theatre-maker and Founder/Core Member of Project: Project Theatre Ensemble – a devising theatre company dedicated to ensemble-based storytelling that blends scripted material with improvisation in site-specific/non-traditional spaces.

In pursuit of better understanding new play creation he has trained with Liz Lerman, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Augusto Boal, ImprovBoston, Dominique Serrand, Giovanni Fusetti, Double Edge Theater, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars located within a medium-security prison. He has assisted or observed new play development at Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill Theater Center, Boston Children’s Theater, and Actors Theatre of Louisville with directors and playwrights including Mary Zimmerman, Jessica Thebus, Anne Bogart, Kirk Lynn, David Catlin, Aaron Posner, Israel Hicks, and Sean Daniels.

Jeffrey is an MFA Directing Candidate at Northwestern University, the Education Manager at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and a hobbyist pumpkin carver — two of which are on his resume.

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Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company
Podcast

Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #7

15 April 2019

“We have a large variety of people in the ensemble in terms of the specific ways they’ve chosen to make their life in the theatre.”—Leda Hoffman

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That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions
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That Blue Sky with Stephanie McKee of Junebug Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #6 

1 April 2019

“We look at three things: We look at the past, the present, and the possible.” Stephanie McKee

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Invited to be Family with Michaela Petro of Strawdog Theatre Company
Podcast

Invited to be Family with Michaela Petro of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #5

18 March 2019

Michaela Petro walks us down her path to becoming an ensemble member, and now, on the inside, how she contributes to  cultivating their artistic culture.

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Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions
Podcast

Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #4

25 February 2019

Host Jeffery Mosser talks with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions about telling immigrant and refugee stories.

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The Challenges of Challenging Work with Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre
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The Challenges of Challenging Work with Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #3

11 February 2019

“Put people in the room that you can agree to disagree with.” —Emily K. Harrison 

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Putting a Value on the Work and Putting the Work in the Community with Coya Paz and Free Street Theater
Podcast

Putting a Value on the Work and Putting the Work in the Community with Coya Paz and Free Street Theater

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #2

28 January 2019

“How can performance be used to cross racial and economic boundaries?”—Coya Paz

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From The Ground Up Podcast
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From The Ground Up Podcast

Introduction

14 January 2019

Jeffrey Mosser introduces a new podcast series, From the Ground Up, about ensemble-based and collaboratively-created theatre companies.

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Ensemble Dynamics and Rural Physical Theatre with Michael Fields and D'ell Arte International
Podcast

Ensemble Dynamics and Rural Physical Theatre with Michael Fields and D'ell Arte International

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #1

14 January 2019

Jeffrey Mosser speaks with Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International.

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Essay

Ensembles

How To Model One?

2 April 2014

Jeffrey Mosser offers an overview of The TEAM, an ensemble-based theatre company.

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Exploring foolsFury

28 March 2014

foolsFURY is a theater ensemble from San Francisco that sees advantages in working with playwrights and devisors, and seizes opportunities to become a touring company. As they come up on their fifteenth year, artistic director Ben Yalom sheds some light on their transitions, and lets me in on how they are working toward what is next artistically and financially.

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The Life and Times of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

14 March 2014

Alvina Krause, one of twentieth century’s most famous teachers of acting, believed, “if you can act Chekhov, you can act anything!” In the summer of 1976 she was 83 years old, long retired, yet still taking private students in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Little did she know that seven students from Northwestern University in Chicago would come to study “acting Chekhov” with her, and end up settling into the town for a much longer stay as the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE).

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Making and Paying for the Art

25 February 2014

How do you work as a group? How do you work without a script? How do you ask someone to fund a group without a script? And how are you still together—financially, artistically? The non-traditional model of creation is frequently mysterious if only because it is hard to understand without doing.

Set of How To Build A Forest.
The Psychology of the Audience
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The Psychology of the Audience

The Rules of Engagement

14 December 2012

Seeking insight into what makes immersive theatre work for an audience, Jeffrey Mosser observes three productions: PearlDamour’s How to Build a Forest, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, and Mikhael Tara Garver’s Fornicated From the Beatles.

The set of How To Build A Forest.
The Psychology of the Audience
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The Psychology of the Audience

Inviting the Audience to Play

7 December 2012

Jeffrey Mosser continues his series on immersive theatre. This week, an examination of the patron at Fornicated from the Beatles and How to Build a Forest.

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The Psychology of the Audience
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The Psychology of the Audience

The departure from traditional theater means that anything is possible

24 November 2012

Jeffrey Mosser seeks the vast possibilities of immersive theatre when an audience is allowed to explore and discover.

A mask from Sleep No More.
Introducing the Psychology of the Audience Series
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Introducing the Psychology of the Audience Series

15 November 2012

Seeking insight into what makes immersive theatre work for an audience, Jeffrey Mosser observes three productions: How to Build a ForestSleep No More, and Mikhael Tara Garver's Fornicated From the Beatles. This four post series includes interviews with creators as well as with patrons pre and post show.

From the Ground Up Podcast
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From the Ground Up Podcast

From the Ground Up is here to ask the questions about this often generative method. Who’s doing it? How is it practiced? Are they paid? Are they able to thrive? We’re also examining that word: Ensemble. What does it mean?

Ensembles Making and Paying for Art
Series

Ensembles Making and Paying for Art

Jeffrey Mosser does three case studies of established ensemble theatres exploring the creating and paying for the art.

Psychology of the Audience
Series

Psychology of the Audience

Seeking insight into what makes immersive theater work for an audience, Jeffrey Mosser observes three productions: How to Build a Forest, Sleep No More, and Mikhael Tara Garver's Fornicated From the Beatles.