Tony Award winning producer and director, Gregory Mosher, is joining Columbia as director of University Arts Initiatives.
Mosher, who brings 30 years of producing and directing experience to Columbia , will look for innovative ways to link the arts to a liberal arts education. Part of his responsibility will be to identify and examine opportunities to connect the arts to all academic fields of study at the University and to identify projects in which the arts can highlight and illuminate intellectual endeavors. In addition, he will manage university arts productions by exploring and vetting various possible projects and then overseeing the implementation of those productions that Columbia presents.
In making the announcement, President Bollinger said: "A great university should both integrate the arts into its intellectual and social life and contribute to the artistic creativity in the broader world. Gregory is the perfect individual to do just that."
Mosher has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at Lincoln Center , on and off-Broadway, at the Goodman Theater in Chicago , and at the Royal National Theater and in London 's West End . He has received every major American theater award, including two Tony Awards. He is credited with the resurgence of the Lincoln Center Theater, which he took over as Director in 1985 at the request of former Mayor John V. Lindsay. Mosher also has served as a film and television director, producer and writer. His film, The Prime Gig , premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2000.
Mosher's first task is to spend several months connecting with as many people as possible within Columbia 's community, as well as cultural leaders and artists in New York and around the world.
Mosher said: "President Bollinger's vision that we explore new ways to link ideas and creative impulses is timely and refreshing. It embraces the key idea that the arts are most often both an aesthetic and a civic notion. I'm excited by the implications for the University, the neighborhood and the City. I look forward to creating a program that is worthy of President Bollinger's vision and optimism."
At Columbia , Mosher will work closely with the School of the Arts. Bruce W. Ferguson, Dean of the School of the Arts, said: "Just as the arts are central to New York City and its economy, President Bollinger continues to make them central to the life of the University. I welcome Gregory Mosher to the campus and look forward to working with him as he develops plans for sustaining this arts initiative. His creative energies will make him a strong ally in our campus-wide arts efforts."
Among Mosher's most celebrated theatrical productions are: John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation ; David Rabe's Hurly-Burly ; the South African township musical Sarafina !; Mike Nichols' version of Waiting for Godot ; James Joyce's The Dead ; David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross ; and John Leguizamo's Freak . During his distinguished career, Mosher has been involved with 14 productions that have been nominated for Tony awards and won two Tonys for revivals of Anything Goes and Our Town.
In addition, Mosher has directed and produced numerous premieres of David Mamet plays, beginning with American Buffalo in 1975. His collaboration with Samuel Beckett resulted in Lincoln Center 's production of Waiting for Godot . In 1992, he directed and produced the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and while at the Goodman, he produced Tennessee Williams' final full-length play.
He has worked with numerous theater legends, including Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elaine May, and Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. He also has worked with some of the most acclaimed actors of our day, such as Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Christopher Walken, Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver, Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Matthew Broderick, Julia Ormond and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio .
Mosher begins work immediately meeting with Columbia faculty, students and administrators, as well as cultural and civic leaders in New York, to gain their perspectives and to create a proposal on how to move forward.