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Mason Rosenthal

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Mason Rosenthal, Instructor

School of Performing Arts
317 Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5335 |

Mason Rosenthal is a performance maker, director, actor, and teacher raised in Skokie, Illinois. He is a founding member of the award-winning Philadelphia-based Lightning Rod Special (recent: New York Times “Best Theater of 2019” “The Appointment,” Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard’s 2016 Obie Award for “Best New American Theatre Work” “Underground Railroad Game”) and a founding member of the Medium Theatre Company. Independently, and in collaboration with a diverse set of artists and organizations, Mason has created over 50 original performances.

Rosenthal has taught acting, movement, collaboration, and creation at multiple colleges and universities. He was on faculty at New York University’s Atlantic Theater Company Acting School from 2007 to 2011, and has studied improvisational dance with his teaching mentor George Russell since 2006. In 2011, he moved to Philadelphia to be the Headlong Performance Institute’s first teaching fellow. He is currently on faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of the Performing Arts as part of a post-MFA in Applied Performance.

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Devised theatre
  • Physical theatre
  • Improvisational dance
  • Performance as research
  • Creativity and collaboration
  • MFA in Performance as Public Practice, The University of Texas at Austin, 2020
  • BFA in Acting, Minor in Art and Public Policy, New York University, 2007