About mmufson

MICHAEL A MUFSON is a Professor of Theatre at Palomar College. Michael has a long history in the professional theatre, beginning at the age of sixteen, when he was an apprentice at the Provincetown Playhouse in Massachusetts . Michael, however, traces his theatrical roots back to his family's close association with E. Y. Harburg, the lyricist of The Wizard of Oz, Finian's Rainbow and "Brother Can You Spare a Dime", who has been one of Michael's constant role models. Michael has worked his way through all levels of the theatre labyrinth positions at some of the Nations most acclaimed regional and summer stock theatres including Arena Stage, StageWest and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Michael received his Master of Fine Arts degree form the University of California at Irvine where his was considered one of the most exciting and accomplished directors to graduate from the program. While at Irvine , he directed Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Setzuan, a cross gender adaptation of Moliere classic "The Misanthrope" which he entitled Ms.Anthrope, Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, The Trial adapted from Kafka's novel, and True West by Sam Shepard. Among his other favorite productions are Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. Michael is most proud of his on-going affair with original, collaborative performance works that incorporate theatre, music, movement, sculpture, technology and insanity. Michael has conceived, directed and performed over twenty original performance works which have been presented across the country from the Center for Contemporary Arts in Cleveland to the Japan American Museum in Los Angeles . He is a founder of the experimental art/performance groups 2AM Productions and Fisheye Mongrel. Michael has trained with some of the most influential acting teachers and directors of the contemporary theatre. He was a participant in Jerzy Grotowski’s intensive training program where he practiced Grotowski’s adaptation of Stanislavki’s method of physical actions as well as other approaches to physical and vocal training, the creation of original performance work and the roots of theatre in ritual. He has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI company in Viewpoints and Composition. Michael has also trained in the Japaneese approach of Tadashi Suzuki at StageWest. Michael’s acting classes involve a rigorous and comprehensive approach to integrating the actor’s body, voice and imagination as an instrument to realize the different demands of all theatre styles. Michael sums up his philosophy of theatre, "Theatre is a vital part of community. Nowhere else do you have a group of people coming together to share and experience a form of expression which is uniquely human, where the material is forged directly from the heart and soul of our humanity."

PFF Faculty Lounge

If you want to know the true values of the District, start reading the budget.  Palomar’s values statement uses words like “equity” and “fairness”, however the budget decisions made by executive administrators and trustees speak more of greed and callousness.

Last Friday, the District informed the Palomar Faculty Federation (PFF) that it is going to withdraw health benefits for 38 part-time instructors.  The District claims that they cannot afford to contribute the additional $40,000 needed to maintain medical insurance for these people.  This is such a paltry sum to be putting 38 people at risk.  Apparently, what’s not a priority for the District is providing a basic safety net of medical insurance for the people who teach our students.

In the last two weeks, executive administrators have warned constituent groups of drastic cuts to the budget.  The District’s position against the part-time faculty members indicates their willingness to act aggressively…

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