About Larry

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Larry Moss®' Biography

Moss began his career at New York’s famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions including Joe Layton's Drat! The Cat!, Neil Simon's God’s Favorite, directed by Michael Bennett, Burt Shevelove's So Long 174th Street, Gerald Freedman's The Robber  Bridegroom, and Gene Saks' I Love My Wife.

After teaching in New York at Juilliard and Circle in the Square, he moved to Los Angeles and founded The Larry Moss® Studio. It was here that he directed and developed Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree, which had its world premiere at ACT in Seattle.  The Syringa Tree opened in New York in September 2000 and won the Obie Award for Best Play of 2001, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Drama League Honor and a nomination for the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The Syringa Tree has played to sold out houses and critical acclaim around the world, including London (The National Theater), Toronto (Can Stage), where it won the Dora Award for Best Actress and Best Play of 2005. Moss directed the TV version that was filmed by Trio Arts Network and most recently, Pamela and Larry, and their producer Matt Salinger, took The Syringa Tree on a profound journey of the heart, home, to South Africa to the Baxter Theater.

Moss developed and directed Bo Eason’s Runt Of The Litter at Manhattan Class Company in January 2002 and when it re-opened in November 2007 at 37 Arts Theatre.  It was voted one of the top ten plays of the year and was bought by Castle Rock to be made into a major motion picture.  Runt is currently on a National Tour which began in Seattle at ACT.

Moss has directed Michael Raynor's Who is Floyd Stearn; Richard Kalinoski’s Beast On The Moon; Jack Holmes’s RFK (Drama League Award); April Daisy White‘s Sugar; Richard Vetere’s How To Go Out On A Date In Queens; Richard Hellersen’s Dos Corazones both as a play and film; and the World Premiere of Jam, a new musical, starring Clint Holmes at The Judy Bayley Theater.  He did a workshop of John Osborne’s Epitaph For George Dillon in New York for the first time in fifty years in June 2008. He directed Josh Jonas’s Capture Now off-Broadway, I Love My Wife starring Jason Alexander at Reprise and John Patrick Shanley’s Beggars In The House Of Plenty in Los Angeles and recently directed Remembering Bobby Short starring Clint Holmes at the Café Carlyle and in April will direct What Is This Thing Called Love also starring Clint Holmes at the Café Carlyle and the concert When Everything Was Possible at City Center in New York.  He will be directing Relative Insanity and Chiseled, two new films which will shoot 2012 and 2013.
Moss coached Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets (Academy Award); Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby (Academy Awards); Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile (Academy Award Nomination), Hank Azaria in Tuesdays With Morrie (Emmy Award), Jim Carrey in The Majestic, Tobey Maguire in Seabiscuit and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nomination); The Departed (Golden Globe Nomination); Blood Diamond (Golden Globe and Academy Award Nomination) and Shutter Island, Inception and J Edgar (SAG and Golden Globe Award Nominations) and Sutton Foster Anything Goes (Tony Award). 

Moss’s teaching career includes US, Canada, Europe and Australia.  He was one of the master teachers on Triple Sensation, on CBC in Canada.  His book on acting, The Intent To Live, was released by Bantam Dell in 2004.  Larry is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). 

"Acting and The Physical Life"

“Out of your head and into your body”.
When I heard American Acting Coach, Larry Moss emphatically state these words, during the recent Vancouver Acting School workshop, I felt a knowing thrill dash through my body.

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