Terry Glaser

Adjunct Professor, Department of Theatre

University of San Diego

1631 Robinson Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
United States


Terry is a stage director of plays and operas, as well as a playwright, translator, actress, and acting teacher. She has worked both in academia and the professional theatre for over 25 years. She has taught at UCSD, USC, CalArts, Earlham College, the Michael Chekhov Studio-USA West, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, the Fritz Theatre, the Actors Alliance of San Diego, the Classical Singers Association of Los Angeles, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia Conservatory, the Old Globe Theatre, and the University of San Diego, where she has been on the faculty since 2005.  Terry has served as stage director for over 40 professional and university productions across the country, including the plays The Beaux' Stratagem, The Government Inspector, The Bungler, The Comedy of Errors, Three Sisters, The Heidi Chronicles, Anton's Shorts:  Three Brief Comedies by Chekhov, Trouble in Mind, Stepbrothers in Crime, A Flea in Her Ear, and Hotel Paradiso; and the operas La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La Périchole, L'Orfeo, Croquefer, The Italian Straw Hat, Dido and Aeneas, The Beggar's Opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Terry's writing includes original scripts and translations of classic plays and operas. She has directed professional and university productions of her translations of The Frogs, A Flea in Her Ear, L'Orfeo, and Croquefer. Her original plays include Twisted Perspective, produced at Cal Arts, and The Mysterious Dwarf, a solo show in which she portrays the writer Nikolai Gogol.  Her most recent work is Chekhov, Live!, a solo show in which she portrays the writer Anton Chekhov.  Chekhov, Live!  was premiered at the University of Virginia in 2015, where Terry was invited to be a Guest Artist.  In 2016, Terry was Guest Artist at the University of Kansas, where she performed Chekhov, Live!, taught advanced acting classes, a red-nose clown workshop, and a master class in Acting in Musical Theatre.  Terry has also been a Guest Artist at Syracuse University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Mesa College. Terry has developed a comprehensive training method for acting in opera, regularly conducting master classes, and has written a text book on that subject. In her teaching of acting, Terry focuses on the intersection of physicality and psychology, continually developing techniques that reinforce, complement, and extend traditional Stanislavsky training. She specializes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, red-nose clown, Commedia dell'arte, neutral mask, and Lecoq. Terry is also skilled in period styles, such as Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy, integrating the special linguistic demands of these nonrealistic styles with the physical, emotional, and imaginative demands inherent in all acting. In all of her teaching, she fosters in students the ability to release their creativity, expand their personal boundaries, and function at their maximum potential. In 2012, Terry became the first recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region #8 Award for Innovative Teaching. Terry has made many conference presentations for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and the Association for Theatre In Higher Education, where she has also served as a respondent for debut and adapted acting exercises. Terry also specializes in the application of acting techniques to the business world. She founded Glaser Communication in Washington, DC, teaching communication and presentation skills to a variety of clients, including the American Management Association, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, the Bureau of the Census, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Support Center of Washington. With her extensive training in whole-brain teaching techniques, she conducted training seminars for the Prince William County, VA, School System; the Oswego, NY, School System; and the Prince George's County, MD, Library System. She has also conducted seminars in courtroom-presentation techniques at the California Western School of Law. For USD's Center for Educational Excellence, she conducted a seminar in the hidden meanings in nonverbal communication. Terry has been an Education Outreach Consultant for the San Diego Opera, writing scripts and conducting programs for the Docent Training Program.  Terry holds a B.A. in Playwriting from Brown University and an M.A. in Theatre, with a focus on Directing, from Syracuse University.

Movement Specialties:

Body Language

Chekhov Training

Clowning and Circus

Commedia dell'Arte

Creative Dramatics


Improvisation/Theatre Games


Movement for Singers

Movement for the Actor

Musical Theatre

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization

Solo Performance

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