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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How You Make/What You Make with Kirk Lynn of The Rude Mechanicals
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How You Make/What You Make with Kirk Lynn of The Rude Mechanicals

From the Ground Up Episode #15

19 August 2019

On this episode of From the Ground Up, Kirk Lynn of Austin, Texas’ Rude Mechanicals talks about their place on the national scene and how they sustain their work as they continue to grow as artists and individuals.

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Blurriness and Fragmentation with Julia Rhoads of Lucky Plush Production
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Blurriness and Fragmentation with Julia Rhoads of Lucky Plush Production

From the Ground Up Episode #14

5 August 2019

Julia Rhoads of the ensemble dance-theatre company Lucky Plush Productions talks to From the Ground Up about their sustaining efforts, strategies for developing work, and why the messiness of human relationships is such fertile ground for making work.

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No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater
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No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater

From the Ground Up Episode #13

22 July 2019

On this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Ariel Fristoe of Out Of Hand Theatre talks about how their unique games and creation process translates from free experiences for audiences all over Atlanta to corporate training.

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The Aesthetic Fingerprint with Quinn Bauriedel of Pig Iron Theatre Company
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The Aesthetic Fingerprint with Quinn Bauriedel of Pig Iron Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #12

1 July 2019

In episode twelve of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks to Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder and co-artistic director Quinn Bauriedel about the history and future of the company, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth year.

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The Living Ticket Model with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble
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The Living Ticket Model with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #11

18 June 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks with Heather Cohn and Corinna Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble about their Living Ticket model is making transparent how much it costs to make a living wage in the theatre. This episode was recorded live at the TCG Miami 2019 Conference on Friday 7 June 2019. 

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The Audience Ensemble with Rachel Grossman and Colin K. Bills of dog & pony dc
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The Audience Ensemble with Rachel Grossman and Colin K. Bills of dog & pony dc

From the Ground Up Episode #10

3 June 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser discusses devising audience integrated performances with dog & pony dc founder Rachel Grossman and co-conspirator Colin K. Bills.

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Creation is a Personal Thing (And So Is Your Grant) with Quita Sullivan of NEFA
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Creation is a Personal Thing (And So Is Your Grant) with Quita Sullivan of NEFA

From the Ground Up Episode #9

20 May 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser and Quita Sullivan of New England Foundation of the Arts talk equity in the grant making process, and share some best practices for artists applying to grants.

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After Careful Consideration (We Went With Another Project) with Lindsay Puckett, MD
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After Careful Consideration (We Went With Another Project) with Lindsay Puckett, MD

From the Ground Up Episode #8

29 April 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks to longtime friend and medical doctor Lindsay Puckett about the uncanny similarity in the grant application process for theatremakers and research scientists.

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Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company
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Talking Sustainability with Leda Hoffman of Strawdog Theatre Company

From the Ground Up Episode #7

15 April 2019

In episode seven of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Jeffrey Mosser talks to Leda Hoffman about her recent appointment of artistic director of Strawdog Theatre Company. This is a two-part interview with Strawdog Theatre Company—you can listen to Part One here.

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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

In episode six of the From the Ground Up podcast, Jeffrey Mosser interviews Stephanie McKee about the history of Junebug Productions, and how they look to "that blue sky" to imagine what is possible for the future. 

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

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #5

18 March 2019

In episode five of the From the Ground Up podcast, Michaela Petro walks us down her path on becoming an ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre Company, and how she contributes to  cultivating their artistic culture.

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Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions
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Sustaining/Passion with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #4

25 February 2019

In this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, host Jeffery Mosser talks with Ova Saopeng of TeAda Productions about the importance of 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

In episode three of the From the Ground Up podcast, Emily K. Harrison of square product theatre stresses the importance of creating space for radical inquiry by making work that provokes challenging conversations.  

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

In episode two of the From the Ground Up podcast, Coya Paz gives us the history and a peek into the future of Free Street Theater as it enters its fiftieth anniversary.

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

From the Ground Up Podcast Episode #1

14 January 2019

In episode one of the From the Ground Up Podcast, host Jeffrey Mosser speaks with Michael Fields, the Producing Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International, about how the ensemble has grown over the past thirty years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?