about Cary Mazer

Scholar-practitioner Cary Mazer is Professor of Theatre Arts and English at the University of Pennsylvania; he has been active in the Theatre Arts Program, the University’s interdepartmental undergraduate major in Theatre, since he came to Penn in 1979, the year after it was created, co-chairing and then chairing the Program for the next 24 years. In 2001, he received the Dean’s Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research.  He will become an emeritus professor in July, 2022.

He is also a playwright.

photo by Janet Falon, after Vermeer


On February 22, 2022, his 69th birthday, he played Krapp in a one-night-only performance of Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, directed by David O’Connor, in the Lea Library at the University of Pennsylvania, having recorded the tape (which Krapp had recorded on his 39th birthday, and which he listens to on his 69th birthday) thirty years earlier, on his 39th birthday, February 22, 1992.


Photo by John Flak