Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Theatre Arts

David Mold

Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

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Professor Mold is the Chair of the Division of Fine & Performing Arts. Courses he teaches include Acting I (THTR 211/212), Acting II (THTR 341/342), The Business of Acting (THTR 318), Theatre Production Workshop (THTR 343), and Directing III (THTR 406). MMC stage directing credits include Bogosian’s suburbia, Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, The Seagull by Chekhov, Miller’s The Crucible, Paul Green and Richard Wright’s Native Son: The Biography of a Young American (an adaptation of Wright’s novel), John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati, George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s Stage Door, and Shakespeare’s Pericles. Professor Mold served as the first elected vice president of the College’s Faculty Council from 2007-2010. He is also active in higher education as a consultant in program review for fine and performing arts departments, completing such reviews for Iona College and York College, CUNY.

In Brief

Professor Mold is the Chair of the Division of Fine & Performing Arts. Courses he teaches include Acting I (THTR 211/212), Acting II (THTR 341/342), The Business of Acting (THTR 318), Theatre Production Workshop (THTR 343), and Directing III (THTR 406). MMC stage directing credits include Bogosian’s suburbia, Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, The Seagull by Chekhov, Miller’s The Crucible, Paul Green and Richard Wright’s Native Son: The Biography of a Young American (an adaptation of Wright’s novel), John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati, George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s Stage Door, and Shakespeare’s Pericles. Professor Mold served as the first elected vice president of the College’s Faculty Council from 2007-2010. He is also active in higher education as a consultant in program review for fine and performing arts departments, completing such reviews for Iona College and York College, CUNY.

Title/Position

Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

Department

Theatre Arts

Email

dmold@mmm.edu

Phone/Ext

212-774-0764

Degree(s)

B.F.A., Boston University
M.F.A., The Theatre School, DePaul University

Recent Work

Presentations/Productions:

Stage Director, The Merchant of Venice, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2015

Stage Director, Pericles, Marymount Manhattan College, 2015

Creative Acting Technique, Chautauqua Institution, 2014

Understanding Drama, Chautauqua Institution, 2014

Stage Director, Cymbeline, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2014

Stage Director, Stage Door, Marymount Manhattan College, 2013

Stage Director, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2013 

Creative Acting Technique, Chautauqua Institution, 2013

Stage Director, Ruined, Marymount Manhattan College, 2012

Stage Director, Hamlet, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2012

Landing the Role, Chautauqua Institution, 2012

Research

Professor Mold’s views and advice on auditioning for college theatre programs, directing, and preparing for a career as a professional actor have been published in The New York Times, Stage Directions, and BackStage.

Teaching

Professor Mold teaches Acting I (THTR 211/212), Acting II (THTR 341/342), The Business of Acting (THTR 318), Theatre Production Workshop (THTR 343), and Directing III (THTR 406).  Since 2007, Professor Mold has taught drama and acting each summer in the Special Studies program at the renowned Chautauqua Institution.  He has also taught acting and directing at Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, dramatic literature at DePaul University, acting at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Commonwealth School, and the New Ehrlich Theatre Conservatory in Boston, where he was also the Education Director.

He has conducted master classes and workshops on auditioning for college theatre programs in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco and West Palm Beach. 

Professional Experience

A professional stage director, Professor Mold is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Hip to Hip Theatre Company, which tours free outdoor Shakespeare productions each summer to New York City parks.  For Hip to Hip, he has directed Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cymbeline, and The Merchant of Venice.  In New York, he has also directed Hamlet and Macbeth at the American Globe Theatre for the What Makes Shakespeare Great lecture/reading series.  For the annual 15-Minute Play Festival produced by the Turnip Theatre and American Globe he has directed the new play Action & Reaction by Jo-el Doty. He has collaborated with the opera composer Brad Detrick on The Yellow Star: A Little Light Dispels Great Darkness, in staged concert productions at The Museum of Jewish Heritage and for the Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College. Other New York credits include new plays by Louise Rozett: Break for On the Leesh Productions and Social Progress at Naked Angels; the cabaret performer Carol Alston-Abercrombie in 66% Sondheim, Truly Content and A Christmas “Carol,” all at the Triad Theatre; Lee Blessing’s Down the Road for Third Eye Repertory and Kafka’s Report to an Academy, co-directed with Gunter Meisner at the Gene Frankel Theatre. 

Professor Mold is the former artistic director of New Theatre, a theatre in Boston dedicated to the development of new American plays. In Boston, he also directed for the Open Door Theatre, the Alley Theatre, the New Ehrlich Theatre, and was a co-founder and co-artistic director of The Theatre Company, Inc. In Chicago, he directed at DePaul University and worked as a dramaturg with the Bailiwick Repertory and the Goodman Theatre. In Indianapolis, Professor Mold directed plays at Edyvean Repertory and Butler University.