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Elizabeth Mozer

Associate Professor

Theatre

Background

Elizabeth Mozer is a director, actress, deviser (theatre maker) and educator, with a specialization in movement. She is currently developing a new work entitled Natural Causes based on the lives of environmental activists, in particular tree sitters. Mozer recently conceived and wrote Castle on the Hill, which she directed and premiered at Binghamton University (BU). Castle on the Hill is based on Mozer’s original one-woman play The Asylum Project, drawn from the lives of patients of the Binghamton State Hospital. Their stories are expressed both physically and verbally. Mozer performed The Asylum Project in NYC, Montreal, Boulder and throughout NY State in 2017 and as a part of the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC where it was awarded "Best Drama" and at Cherry Arts in Ithaca in 2019.

Mozer has been an original cast member in the Broadway productions Teddy & Alice, Dangerous Games and Victor/Victoria. Recently, Mozer, as a member of the Ithaca theatre collective The Cherry Arts, performed in the English language premiere of George Kaplan and the North American premiere of Blank. Other recent credits include Throat with Civic Ensemble and the film State of Denial. Regional theatre roles include Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Rebecca in Ashes to Ashes and Sonya in Afterplay. Mozer has performed in numerous Off-Broadway productions and has been in close to one hundred TV commercials, in dozens of on-camera and live business theatre productions, and has worked as a voice-over artist. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and AGVA.

Mozer's directing credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, The Burial At Thebes and A Chorus Line at BU. She devised and directed Preemptive Strike, in which she was also a cast member (BU), The Crow (PA), and A Place at the Table (NYC). Mozer is the founding artistic director of the movement theatre company Theatre in the Flesh, originating such works as Blood & Honey and The August 9th Project.

Mozer's creative research includes the embodied art of acting, somatic approaches to actor training, devising and performance, physical theatre, movement, creating and directing original theatre - both collaborative ensemble and solo works, the Meisner technique, on-camera auditioning and acting, theatre pedagogy and cross-disciplinary exchange. She has taught devising in the Physical Theatre Intensive at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC), and has taught physical acting and movement for actors at the Atlantic School, the Ted Bardy Studio and AMDA in NYC.

Mozer received her BA in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport and her MFA in Theatre Arts - Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh. She has trained professionally with Tina Landau, Anne Bogart and the SITI Co., Moisés Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski and The Tectonic Theater Project, Stephen Wangh, Tim Phillips, Fay Simpson, Joan Evans, William Esper, Erika Berland, Wendell Beavers and Ethelyn Friend.

Education

  • MFA, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, State University of New York at Brockport

Research Interests

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Devising
  • Movement
  • Embodied and Somatic Practices
  • Physical Theatre
  • Theater Pedagogy
  • Meisner Technique
  • On-Camera Technique

Teaching Interests

  • Acting Technique
  • Scene Study
  • Movement
  • Devising
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Embodied Acting

Awards

  • "Best Drama" The Asylum Project - United Solo Theatre Festival, NYC - 2019
  • Harpur College Subvention Award - 2019
  • Harpur College Faculty Research Grant - 2019
  • UUP/IDA Award - 2019
  • Conference Presentation Travel Grants - 2016, 2018
  • Harpur College Subvention Award - 2017
  • Artist Space Grant - Stella Adler Studio of Acting - 2016, 2017
  • Creator in Residence - Earthdance -2016
  • Dean’s Research Semester Award - 2016
  • Integrated Artist Fellowship - Association of Theatre Movement Educators - 2016
  • Visiting Artist/Scholar Fellowship - Association of Theatre Movement Educators - 2015

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae