Award-winning director, novelist, memoirist, and playwright, Douglas Moser has distinguished himself as a storyteller with keen instincts and a dramatic flair. At the age of 26 he was named artistic director of the Boston Post Road Stage Company, hailed as off-Broadway in Connecticut, producing several seasons of exciting musicals and plays. His production (and adaptation) of A Christmas Carol was honored with a Connecticut Critics' Circle Award. He made his opera debut developing the ground-breaking romance Patience & Sarah with composer Paula Kimper and librettist Wende Persons. The opera was workshopped at American Opera Projects, and later in a world premiere at Lincoln Center. Glacier Bay, a short film adapted from the play by Frederick Stroppel, starring James Noble and Dorothy Bryce, won numerous accolades on the festival circuit.
Most recently Moser helmed the one-woman musical Spinning, by Mary Ann Frank with music by Andrew Levine, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. Other award-winning productions include Sweeny Todd, Allan Knee's Syncopation, Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl, Lanford Wilson's Burn This, the wacky musical Wild Women of Planet Wongo (off-Broadway), among many others.
Moser's novel, James & Jim, a darkly comic thriller, was selected for The Writers Hotel 2020. His YA novel Pussy Boy is currently complete and awaiting publication. He has had short memoir pieces published in Echo, a Journal of Creative Non-fiction, and Peculiar, a queer literary journal. He has participated in professional workshops including the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Hell Hole Honeys), Yale Summer Writers' Workshop, and the New York Theater Workshop at Dartmouth (Dr. Sam Is Under Your Bed), and Long Wharf Theater (Elegy for Ebenezer — adaptation and direction).
In addition to his artistic endeavors, Moser worked as a communications specialist for over 15 years at a prestigious global management consulting firm.
Moser currently freelances as an editor, writer-for-hire, story consultant, director, and creative consultant. He teaches playwriting at the Westport Writers' Workshop.
With over 30 years in the business, Douglas Moser approaches all work from the perspective of character and story structure. Using techniques derived from Joseph Campbell's hero's journey through the noted "Save the Cat," Moser brings his own unique stamp of insight, warmth, and playfulness to everything he touches. A collaborator with a keen-sense of style, Moser is adept with a broad range of media.
"Douglas Moser is nothing less than a creative genius. He has taken a sword to my mess of a memoir and sliced it where it needed it, added well needed comments and reminded me why I wrote it in the first place with his kind and encouraging words. I have seen his work on stage, in video and read his work, and recommend him to all of my own writing students and friends. Trust any project in his hands. His editorial feedback is gold."
—Tammy Nelson, PhD, author of The New Monogamy
"Doug has worked as a stage and film director, theater producer, dramaturgh, writer, and teacher. In any setting, Doug brings a heightened esthetic of beauty, clarity, and purpose. Doug knows what to do and how to make it happen."
— Paula Kimper, composer
"A workshop with Douglas Moser is a great way for the novice or veteran writer to gain skills and confidence in their process. With guided exercises Doug leads participants through a series of experiences that encourage writers to face their truths and incorporate them in their work. Doug’s gentle and generous feedback provides encouragement that gets even the most hesitant writer excited about creating new works."
— Faith Craig, director of Disability Resources, Westminster College
"I am grateful for Doug’s professional editing services. His approach as an editor was collaborative and constructive, which greatly benefited me as a first-time novelist. Doug’s wealth of experience in the craft of editing, storytelling, and directing improved my story, as well as my confidence as a writer. I would love to work with Doug in the future."
— Thomas Rea. author of Sticky Queens
"Douglas Moser's sense of theatre and drama really gave my work a boost. He helped me sharpen my story and find added depth and insight (as well as a ton of humor). I couldn't have done this without him!
— D. Edward Delmar, author of Thruplicity
"Spinning... is imaginatively directed by Douglas Moser with a strong theatrical pace, it’s wildly funny and genuinely uplifting — aching and hilarious..."
—Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate