Cary Mazer is Professor of Theatre Arts and English at the University of Pennsylvania; he is active in the Theatre Arts Program, the University's interdepartmental undergraduate major in Theatre, which he chaired for many years. He is also a working playwright.

His play Shylock's Beard won the Award for Excellence in Playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). For a feature about the play from the University of Pennsylvania website, click here.

He is author of Shakespeare Refashioned: Elizabethan Plays on Edwardian Stages (UMI Research Press, 1981), editor of Great Shakespeareans XV: Poel, Granville Barkeer, Guthrie, Wanamaker (Bloomsbury-Arden, 2013), and author of Double Shakespeares: Emotional-Realist Acting and Contemporary Performance (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015).

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At Penn, Mazer teaches courses in various periods of Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. In fall, 2017, he is teaching Theatre Arts 236: Acting Shakespeare. For syllabi from past courses, click here.

Among the theatre productions he has directed are:

and, for the Theatre Arts Program at Penn:

And semi-staged script-in-hand readings: He has written seven plays: In addition, he has acted (as Kadmos) in the Theatre Arts Program production of The Bacchae by Euripides, directed by Jim Schlatter (1992); and served as guest dramaturg for productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (1993), Misalliance, by G. Bernard Shaw (1994), Heartbreak House, by Shaw (1998), and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (2002), at People's Light & Theatre Company.

From 1986 to 1999, he was a theatre critic for the Philadelphia City Paper. To read reviews from past issues of the City Paper, click here. Click here to read his valedictory essay in City Paper, September 16, 1999).

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