Department Chair:
Caroline Jackson Smith

Phone: (440) 775-8154

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Paul Moser

Paul Moser

Professor, Summer Theater Festival

Contact Information


Warner Center 104
(440) 775-8159

Paul Moser

Paul Moser

Paul Moser

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, 1976
  • Master of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1984

Mr. Moser earned his BA in Theater Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brown University, and his MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. He began his professional career at the Roundabout in NYC, as an Equity stage-manager. He served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Indiana Repertory Theater, where he directed close to two dozen shows, including critically acclaimed productions of "The Crucible", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Torch Song Trilogy", and "Virginia". Other regional directing credits include productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park ("Steppin' Out"), Theatre Virginia (" 'night, Mother"), Portland Stage ("Driving Miss Daisy" and "A Walk in the Woods"), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra ("A Yuletide Celebration"), Phoenix Theater ("Aunt Dan and Lemon"), Spectrum Stage ("A Cry of Players"), Cleveland Playhouse ("Thicker than Water"), and New Harmony Theater ("Suddenly Last Summer").

Professor Moser joined the Oberlin faculty in 1990, and served as Director of Theater and Dance from 2000-2009. He teaches Acting Shakespeare, Directing 2, Acting for the Camera, and Texts & Concepts. He is also the faculty advisor for the student directors of the department's Lab Series.

At the College he has directed works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian. In 2009, he launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, now going into its 6th season. For OSTF he has directed (and designed sets for): "The Glass Menagerie", "The Tempest", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Our Town", "Hamlet", "Bus Stop", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Twelfth Night", and "Light Up the Sky". Professor Moser has been a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) since 1985.