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David Frederick Mold

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Title

Professor of Theatre Arts (he/him/his)

Department

Theatre Arts

Email

dmold@mmm.edu

Phone

212-774-0764

About

Among courses Professor Mold teaches are Acting: Process & Technique (THTR 211), Beginning Scene Study (THTR 212), Intermediate Scene Study (THTR 341), Advanced Scene Study (THTR 342), Directing III (THTR 406) and Business of Acting (THTR 418). He is active in higher education as a consultant in faculty and program review for fine and performing arts departments, completing such reviews for Bennington College, Drew University, UNC Charlotte, Iona College, and York College, CUNY.

Degree(s)

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

Recent Work

Presentations/Productions:

Stage Director, Twelfth Night, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2021

Stage Director, Richard III, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2019

Stage Director, Blues for Mister Charlie, Marymount Manhattan College, 2018

Stage Director, Myth, Mirth, Music: The Medieval World in Performance, Marymount Manhattan College, 2018

Stage Director, As You Like It, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, 2016

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: Process & Technique (THTR 211), Beginning Scene Study (THTR 212), Intermediate Scene Study (THTR 341), Advanced Scene Study (THTR 342), Directing III (THTR 406) and Business of Acting (THTR 418).  Professor Mold has also taught drama and acting in the Special Studies program at the renowned Chautauqua Institution.  He has taught at Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, DePaul University, 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 Shakespeare productions outdoors each summer to New York City area parks.  For Hip to Hip, he has directed Twelfth Night, Richard III, Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, and As You Like It. In New York, he has 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 directed the new play Action & Reaction by Jo-el Doty. He 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 in Boston which was 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. 


Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 pm

Location

Nugent Hall, Room 152D