Jeffrey Mosser is a director and champion of devised and ensemble-based work. He hosts the From the Ground Up podcast interviewing members of collaboratively creative companies from around the country about how they sustain their work artistically, financially, and socially.
He has trained with Augusto Boal, Liz Lerman, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, ImprovBoston, Dominique Serrand, Giovanni Fusetti, Double Edge Theater, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars located within a medium-security prison. As a Co-Founder of Project: Project Theatre Ensemble — a devising theatre ensemble that blended scripted material with improvisation in site-specific/non-traditional spaces — he put this training directly into practice. Preferring generating to interpreting, Project: Project explored theatrical form, aesthetics, and the role of the audience.
He has contributed to new play development at Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill Theater Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville with directors and playwrights including Anne Bogart, Jamie Castañeda, David Catlin, Trip Cullman, Sean Daniels, Michael Friedman, Lauren Gunderson, Israel Hicks, Mike Lew, Kirk Lynn, Mark Masterson, Aaron Posner, Jessica Thebus, and, Mary Zimmerman.
Previously as Social Media and Community Outreach Director for the Plays for Presidents Festival, Jeff was a key member in the coordination of the largest election-year theatrical event in the United States since the Federal Theatre Project’s It Can’t Happen Here. He organized, recruited, and connected 46 productions of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents which all performed on/around election night 2012.
Favorite directing credits include Shiver: A Fairytale of Anxious Proportions1 1. A Phobic Folklorist Fugues the Fuck Out, How May I Connect You? (Or, Scenes in the Key of D:\), and What Are You Doing Here? with Project: Project Theatre Ensemble, bobraushenbergamerica and Secret in the Wings at the National High School Institute, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at Bad Habit Productions, T: An MBTA Musical (Broadway World Best Musical, Best Director 2011, 2012) at American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (DASH: Best Director Nominee) at the Footlight Club, and Imagination and A Threepenny Space Opera at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Jeffrey is a proud member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, board member of Quasimondo Physical Theatre, Associate Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee, the Education Manager at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and a hobbyist pumpkin carver — which is not on his CV.
MFA Directing — Northwestern University