Bruce Linser is a freelance director, actor, singer, teacher, and coach. He has performed across the country in plays, musicals, and his own cabaret shows which include the Great American Songbook as well as selections from Broadway shows. He teaches acting, directing, and musical theatre performance at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University, and is the Manager of The Dramaworkshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks committed to the development of new plays.
>>> Bruce is honored to receive a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical for Woody Guthrie's American Song at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The show also received nominations for Best Musical Direction, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical.
>>> Bruce directs The Spitfire Grill at Palm Beach Dramaworks February 1-24, 2019.
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THIS PRODUCTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR ONE WEEK UNTIL MARCH 3, 2019!
Set to a folk and bluegrass score, this powerful tale of hope and redemption follows three very different women who find their lives entwined around a run-down diner in a small Wisconsin town. As the winter trees eventually bloom, flower, and blaze vibrant hues into their colorless lives, they discover that they're more alike than they'd initially care to admit.
>>> Bruce appears as Artie Shaugnessy in The House of Blue Leaves at Palm Beach Dramaworks May 17 through June 2, 2019.
Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory, a wife he can barely tolerate, a son with a plan to bomb the Pope, and a mistress who refuses to cook for him until they can be married. With the help of his old school chum and successful Hollywood producer, Artie dreams of getting out of Queens and the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.
>>> Bruce directs Man of La Mancha at MNM Theatre Company September 13-29, 2019.
Set in a Seville prison during the Spanish Inquisition, the musical theatricalizes the adventures of epic literary character Don Quixote as performed through the eyes of his creator, author Miguel de Cervantes. One of the most beloved musicals of all time, Man of La Mancha is a testament to the power of love, hope, and art to enrich and transform our lives.
>>> Bruce directs The Light in the Piazza at Palm Beach Dramaworks April 3-24, 2020.
Based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella, The Light in the Piazza is the story of Clara Johnson, a young American woman, whose chance encounter with Fabrizio Naccarelli, a charming young Italian man, in a Florentine piazza in 1953 sets off a whirlwind romance with an unsettling revelation. As their relationship blossoms, Clara's mother, Margaret, is forced to confront her own struggles with the nature and mystery of true love.