Christine Mosere spent most of her theatre career in NYC where she discovered her love of the Bard while working with a First Folio Shakespeare Collective. As an actor/director/producer, she worked with such great companies as La MaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, and was a Founding Member of The Peccadillo Theatre Company. She has worked as Managing and Development Director for theatres on both coasts including with nationally recognized Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle and most recently Maryland Ensemble Theatre. She is currently working as Head of the Theatre Education at New Spire Arts and Producing Artistic Director of the new-to-Frederick Endangered Species Theatre Project.
What inspired you to teach?
After leaving college, I headed to NYC. Once there, I jumped into acting classes so I wouldn’t get rusty while waiting for work. My first New York teacher was Ron Stetson, a direct disciple of Sandford Meisner, who told us to stay curious and be constant learners. Even when our training was done, he said to, “Go out there and work and when you aren’t working — learn every other technique. You have a foundation, now decorate that house.” And I took that to heart. Any time I wasn’t acting or directing, I was back studying – Method, more Meisner, Uta Hagan, Stella Adler, Tim Phillips, etc. One day it dawned on me while I was directing a show that I had a lot to offer students. I tried my hand at teaching in-between acting jobs and I loved it. It was a way to pass my passion for acting and directing onto others.
What is your favorite musical/theatre performance to watch?
Honestly, this changes pretty regularly. Many times, my favorite is the last one I saw. I recently saw Hamilton at the Kennedy Center – and as expected, it was FANTASTIC and is my current favorite. Before that, it was a wonderful piece at Olney called The Invisible Hand. And locally, I laughed and smiled all through Other Voices Theatre’s Christmas show. It was for young audiences, but this young-at-heart thespian just enjoyed it so much.
Out of all the roles you’ve played, what has been your most memorable?
I’d have to say my most recent role is the most memorable. Louise in “Always… Patsy Cline” produced by Free Range Humans — right here in Frederick. What a blast. I’ll never forget that crazy wonderful character.
What advice would you give an up and coming artist?
I’d pass on the advice I was given by Ron Stetson… be curious and always willing to learn! And I’d add, if opportunities don’t come your way, make your own opportunities!!