Mr. Matthew Mazuroski

Associate Professor

Education

M.F.A. in Directing from Northwestern University, 2009

  • Thesis Production: "The Elephant Man."
  • Thesis: To Reason Why: An Exploration of the Use of Intuition in the Work of the Director.
  • B.A. in Theatre from Emporia State University, 2002

Bio

Matthew is an Associate Professor of Acting & Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance and teaches Acting, Directing, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Film Acting, Creative Dramatics and Mask. For YSU he has directed "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", "Tartuffe", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille", "The Cherry Orchard", "Broke-ology", and "Twelfth Night". Locally, he has directed "August: Osage County", "Our Lady of 121st Street" and "Good People", and "The Mystery of Irma Vep" for the Youngstown Playhouse and Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches for the Oakland Center for the Arts. He has also been the fight choreographer for nearly 10 productions locally.

Over the past 30 years, Matthew has worked across the country as an actor, director, fight-choreographer and theatre educator. His professional acting credits include: Nick in "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolfe" with Phoenix Theatre, Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" with Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Hysterium in "Forum" with Whitehall Theatre, Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" with The National Players, and the title role in "Hamlet" with the UK/AZ Festival. He served as the founding artistic and marketing director of The Actors Group, located in Phoenix Arizona, from 1993 until 1997. In 2015 he directed an award winning production of "Jackie & Me" for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

During his career, Matthew has directed award-winning productions of "Bent", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Buried Child", "Before it Hits Home", "David’s Mother", "The Crucible", and "The Laramie Project". He has collaborated with playwrights on staged readings, workshop readings, and has helped develop scripts from readings through full productions. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actor’s Guild, the Society of American Fight Directors, the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, the Voice and Speech Teachers Association, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.