College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jeff Casazza

Associate Professor/Acting, Movement, and Voice

Office: Williams Theatre, Room 128D
Phone: 260-481-6922

Jeff Casazza received his M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University where he worked with Fred Chappell and Jose Quintero. He received his B.S. in Theatre from Ball State University.

He teaches multiple courses in Acting, Movement, Voice and History of Modern Drama. He recently created a composition course exploring different ways of creating theatre.  In 2012, his students created more than 50 pieces over the course of the semester. His focus in the teaching of acting is to integrate the performer's skills in acting, voice and movement. His teaching and research interests include Stanislavski, Meisner and Chekhov; the Linklater Technique; and Suzuki, Viewpoints, Boal and Margolis Method.

Jeff has directed in a variety of venues including the Steppenwolf and Bailiwick Theatres in Chicago and he directs a wide range of plays from realism to Shakespeare and more physically based theatre. Some of his favorite directing credits include The Good Person of Szechuan, Eurydice, The Yellow Boat, Metamorphoses, Antigone, As Bees in Honey Drown and A Midsummer Night's Dream (which he co-produced with his wife Karin).  He spent four months in London while in graduate school doing a directing internship with Jonathan Miller on his London and European Touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He regularly travels to Italy working with a variety of International Artists. He recently attended the International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy where he worked with such notable Directors as Ping Chong, Hjalmar Joffre-Eichhorn, Ruth Maleczech, Marco Martinelli and Luca Ronconi and where he presented his performance and directing workshop exploring the Tragic Chorus.  He returns to Italy this summer to continue his training with Kristin Linklater and to perform in The Pyramus and Thisby Variations.