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Bob Moss

Playwrights Horizons
Robert “Bob” Moss began his career as a PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER touring and working in residence in Los Angeles, Toronto, Ann Arbor, and at the Lyceum on Broadway. The year prior to founding Playwrights Horizons, he ran the Edward Albee Playwrights Unit.

Moss founded the PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS (PH) in 1971 as “a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work.” He ran the acclaimed theatre company until 1981. Bob began his teaching career in 1983 when PH began its affiliation with NYU. In 1990 Moss took over as DIRECTOR of that program. For six years he also was the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for Queens Theater in the Park (concurrently with PH).

After a renovation in 2009, the 440 Studio Theatre was christened the ROBERT MOSS THEATER and he was named a VISIONARY. Because of his vision, over 375 writers have been presented including five Pulitzer Prize winners as well as multiple Tony and Obie Award winning plays. In 2008, PH received the Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.”

His talent for directing led him to Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY where he became the ARTISTIC DIRECTOR in 1982 and ran the theatre until 1996 when he became the PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR at Syracuse Stage until 2008. During his tenure at Syracuse he developed a partnership with Syracuse University where he continues to TEACH today.

He claimed “I am not an actor” when approached in 2010 by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse to play a central role in The Drowsy Chaperone. Undaunted, he signed on and embraced being an ACTOR; after all…he had acted many years ago.

While professionally working as an artistic director, stage director and teacher for thirty-seven years, Bob VOLUNTEERED his time, serving on boards ranging from OOBA (now ART/NY), Equity Showcase Code Committee, SDC Foundation, TCG, to the Drama League Directors Project. He has been a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He remains on the Playwrights Horizons board and VOTES on the Tony Awards.

It is thus most fitting that hosts David Hyde Pierce & Mary Testa will honor Bob Moss, Playwrights Horizons’ Founding Artistic Director at its Annual Gala this spring.