Aaron OsterAaron Oster
Visiting Part-time Lecturer

Email: aaron.oster@rutgers.edu

Biography

Aaron Oster directed, designed and acted professionally in Minneapolis with the Southern Theater, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, the Playwrights Center and the Minnesota Fringe Festival from 1995-2000. He received an MFA in Directing from Ohio University, 2003, under the guidance of Jorge Cacheiro. He has worked in Philadelphia as a director, dramaturge and sound designer specializing in new work since 2003.

Selected productions he has directed include: 70 Scenes of Halloween, FutureFest and Identity Crisis Play Festival (Luna), Frogg Prince (Zacherle Productions), Nightshifting (WCU), Droit Du Seigneur (CCTC), Pussycat (Luna Theatre), Salvation Road (Art Riot), Bash (Crooked Mirror), Spring Awakening (Assoc. Director, EgoPo), 9 Parts of Desire (Asst. Director, Wilma Theater) and Oedipus/Shadow (CEC New Edge). He performend in The Laramie Project (Theatre Horizon) and The Wizard of Oz (Mum Puppettheatre), and has provided voice-overs for several TV and radio commercials.

Sound designs for local productions include: A Slow Air, Bedbound and Pumpgirl (Inis Nua), FutureFest Play Festival, 70 Scenes of Halloween, Luna Identity Crisis Play Festival, The Bachelorette, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Slasher, Hot and Throbbing and Orange Flower Water (Luna Theatre), Salvation Road, Hermitage ,Brothers Flannagan (all Philly Fringe 2009), Bash (Crooked Mirror), Shapes of Things (Plays & Players).  This is Our Youth and Getting Out (Simpatico), The Faculty Room (Flashpoint), Back to the Boulevard, (Theatre Ariel) and Spring Awakening (EgoPo).

He has been the Associate Artistic Director of Luna Theatre Company since May of 2011, and was the Associate Artistic Director of EgoPo Classic Theatre from 2006-7. He is also an Associated Artist with the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, a CCTC Company Member, and has been the Resident Director/Dramaturge for Theatre Ariel.

He is an adjunct theatre professor at WCU and Rutgers University, Camden, teaching acting, directing, theatre appreciation and theatre history. He has also been a teaching artist for The Wilma, The Lantern, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and was listed on the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts roster of recommended teaching artists.  He was a Barrymore Awards voter from 2010-2012.

He received the 2004 CEC New Edge Residency Award for Theater and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors’ Lab.