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Department of

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Terry Glaser, MFA

Adjunct 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 25 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 Anton's Shorts: Three Brief Comedies by Chekhov, The Beaux' Stratagem, 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 has been a Guest Artist, performing solo shows and conducting master classes, at universities across the country, including the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Mesa College.



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 RasaboxesTM, red-nose clown, Commedia dell'arte, neutral mask, 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, Chanticleer, and two solo shows that she performs: Chekhov, Live! and The Mysterious Dwarf. She has developed a comprehensive training method for acting in opera and has written a text book on that subject.

Ms. Glaser regularly makes conference presentations for e 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.

Teaching Interests

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, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and Lecoq. 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.

Ms. Glaser also specializes in the application of acting techniques to other fields. She founded Glaser Communication in Washington, DC, teaching communication and presentation skills to a variety of business 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, and for USD's Changemaker Hub, she has conducted workshops that use actor- training techniques to cultivate empathy. 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.

In 2012, Ms. Glaser became the first recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region #8 Award for Innovative Teaching.