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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.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble logo.
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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.

A poster for Fornicated From The Beatles.
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
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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.