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While she has now been writing for more than a decade, Alyce Mott has had a major career as a stage director including new scripts, straight plays, musicals, and opera. Her New York City directing debut (1985) was with the annual production at Lincoln Center of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti produced by The Little Orchestra Society (Dino Anagnost, Conductor). In December of 1995, she returned to Avery Fisher to again direct the 15th Annual production of LOS's Amahl, a position she held through 2006. She also began serving The Little Orchestra Society as Artistic Administrator in 1999 and recently completed eight seasons of service. Currently, Ms. Mott devotes her time to both this website and a busy consulting business. The website has been entirely re-designed as of March 15, 2008 and will serve not only as a gathering space for operetta lovers of all ages but also a source of affordable, digital downloads of hard-to-find operetta materials (librettos, piano/vocals, scores, parts, recordings, etc.).
During her directing career, Ms. Mott spent two years as Artistic Director for the Lighthouse of Manhattan during which time she produced and directed full productions of Hay Fever by Noel Coward and Enemy of the People by Ibsen with a company of legally blind actors.
Ms. Mott's developmental theatre experience consists of work with three separate groups. She was a founding director member of PlayMarket (Julie Gilbert, Artistic Director), a NYC playwrights' workshop devoted to the development of new scripts. Her directoral work with this group included five new full length scripts taken to the public staged reading level, the artistic direction of an evening of nine
new playwrights' work, and the direction of numerous developmental readings in regular lab sessions.
Another developmental group which figures prominently in Ms. Mott's career is the National Music Theater Network (Timothy Jerome, President). Ms. Mott served as Vice President of Evaluatons from 1996 through 2005, having begun as an Evaluator of new musical scripts in 1991. Since then she has valuated more than 150 new musical scripts. As Vice President, she helped develop a comprehensive evaluation policy for the organization and oversaw the selection of materials submitted each season to a guest Artistic Director who then chose three outstanding, produceable new musicals for public presentations in NYC. She is currently re-involving herself with this organization.
Finally, for many years (1988-1992), Ms. Mott was a reader/director for The Theatre of The Open Eye/New Stagings (Amie Brockway, Artistic Director). Her directoral participation in the three year Chicago-New York Staged Readings Program was a highlight of her experience with this group.
An Equity acting veteran, her favorite roles include Fanny in Funny Girl, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Winifred in Once Upon A Mattress, Lady Manley Prowe in Something's Afoot, the old lady in Pippin and Big Mama in Cat On A Hot in Roof.
Ms. Mott's formal education consists of a B.S. in Physical Education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), a MA in Guidance/Counseling rom the University of Michigan and a MA in Theatre from Siena Heights College (Michigan).
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