about Cary Mazer

Cary Mazer is Professor of Theatre Arts and English at the University of Pennsylvania; he is active in the Theatre Arts Program, the University’s interdepartmental undergraduate major in Theatre, which he chaired for many years. He is also a working playwright.  In 2001, he received the Dean’s Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research.

All’s Well that Ends Well, 2017

(Photos:  John Flak)

He is author of Shakespeare Refashioned: Elizabethan Plays on Edwardian Stages (UMI Research Press, 1981), editor of Great Shakespeareans XV: Poel, Granville Barker, Guthrie, Wanamaker (Bloomsbury-Arden, 2013), and author of Double Shakespeares: Emotional-Realist Acting and Contemporary Performance (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015).


He has written seven plays:

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Shylock’s Beard won the 2016 Award for Excellence in Playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). For a feature about the play from the University of Pennsylvania website, click here. And watch ATHE’s interview about the play.

Among the theatre productions he has directed are:

  • Pericles, by William Shakespeare, Theatre Division, Columbia University, 1978.
  • The Devil’s Disciple, by G. Bernard Shaw, Princeton Summer Theatre, 1980.
  • Not I and Rockaby, by Samuel Beckett, Intuitons, University of Pennsylvania, 198l.
  • As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, Penn Players, University of Pennsylvania, 1982.

and, for the Theatre Arts Program at Penn:

And semi-staged script-in-hand readings:

  • The Spanish Tragedy, by Thomas Kyd, The Red Heel Theatre, 1993.
  • The Good Person of Szechwan, by Bertolt Brecht, Theatre Arts Program, University of Pennsylvania, 1996.
  • Spring Awakening, by Frank Wedekind, Theatre Arts Program, 1999.
  • Engaged, by William S. Gilbert, Theatre Arts Program, 2008.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, translated by Michael Hollinger, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, Theatre Arts Program, 2011.
  • The Octoroon by Dion Boucicault, Theatre Arts Program, 2016.

In addition, he has acted in the Theatre Arts Program productions of The Bacchae by Euripides (as Kadmos, 1992), and in1984 (as Emanuel Goldstein, 2018), both directed by Jim Schlatter; and served as guest dramaturg for productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (1993), Misalliance, by G. Bernard Shaw (1994), Heartbreak House, by Shaw (1998), and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (2002), at People’s Light & Theatre Company.

From 1986 to 1999, he was a theatre critic for the Philadelphia City Paper. To read reviews from past issues of the City Paper, click here. Click here to read his valedictory essay in City Paper, September 16, 1999).