Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ms. Glaser is a stage director of plays and operas, as well as a playwright, translator, and acting teacher. She has worked both in academia and the professional theatre for over 20 years. She has taught at UCSD, USC, CalArts, Earlham College, the Michael Chekhov Studio-USA West, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, the Fritz Theatre, the Actors Alliance of San Diego, the Classical Singers Association of Los Angeles, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia Conservatory, and the Old Globe Theatre. Ms. Glaser has served as stage director for over 40 professional and university productions across the country, including the plays The Government Inspector, The Bungler, The Comedy of Errors, Three Sisters, The Heidi Chronicles, Trouble in Mind, Stepbrothers in Crime, A Flea in Her Ear, and Hotel Paradiso; and the operas La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La Périchole, L'Orfeo, Croquefer, The Italian Straw Hat, Dido and Aeneas, The Beggar's Opera, Orpheus in the Underworld,
and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Ms. Glaser also specializes in the application of acting techniques to the business world. She founded Glaser Communication in Washington, DC, teaching communication and presentation skills to a variety of clients, including the American Management Association, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, the Bureau of the Census, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Support Center of Washington. With her extensive training in whole-brain teaching techniques, she conducted training seminars for the Prince William County, VA, School System; the Oswego, NY, School System; and the Prince George's County, MD, Library System. She has also conducted seminars in courtroom-presentation techniques at the California Western School of Law. For USD's Center for Educational Excellence, she conducted a seminar in the hidden meanings in nonverbal communication.
Ms. Glaser has been an Education Outreach Consultant for the San Diego Opera, writing scripts and conducting programs for the Docent Training Program. She is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, where she sits on the review panel for the Visiting Artist/Scholar Fellowship Program.
Ms. Glaser holds a B.A. in Playwriting from Brown University and an M.A. in Theatre, with a focus on Directing, from Syracuse University. She has specialized training in the Michael Chekhov Technique, Richard Schechner's Rasaboxes™, Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, Period Style, and Lecoq.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Ms. Glaser's writing includes original scripts and translations of classic plays and operas. She has directed productions of her translations of The Frogs, A Flea in Her Ear, L'Orfeo, and Croquefer. Her original plays include Twisted Perspective and her most recent work, premiered at USD in 2011, The Mysterious Dwarf, a one-person show in which she portrays the writer Nikolai Gogol. She has developed a comprehensive training method for acting in opera and is in the process of finishing a text book on that subject.
Ms. Glaser has made many conference presentations for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and the Association for Theatre In Higher Education, where she has also served as a respondent for debut and adapted acting exercises.
In her teaching of acting, Ms. Glaser focuses on the intersection of physicality and psychology, continually developing techniques that reinforce, complement, and extend traditional Stanislavsky training. The psycho-physical techniques she has made an intensive study of include the work of Michael Chekhov and Vsevolod Meyerhold. Ms. Glaser is also skilled in period styles, such as Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy, integrating the special linguistic demands of these nonrealistic styles with the physical, emotional, and imaginative demands inherent in all acting. In all of her teaching, she fosters in students the ability to release their creativity, expand their personal boundaries, and function at their maximum potential.