Paul Moser

  • Professor of Theater

Areas of Study


  • BA, Brown University, 1976
  • MFA, Yale University, 1984


Professor Moser earned a BA in theater arts and dramatic literature from Brown University, and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.

He began his professional career as an Equity stage-manager at the Roundabout in New York City. He served as 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. He served as director of the Department of Theater and Dance from 2000-2009. He currently is a member of the college’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program Committee.

At the college he has directed works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian.

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 theater department’s Lab Series.

Professor Moser is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), which he joined in 1985.

He launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (OSTF) in 2009, which presents family friendly classics in rotating repertory. Through 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.

This professional theater company is made up of Equity and non-Equity actors, directors, and crew members locally and from across the country, as well as Oberlin alumni and current students.