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 songs from the Great American Songbook as well as selections from Broadway shows. He is currently an adjunct professor of theatre at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University, and the Manager of the Palm Beach Dramaworkshop committed to the development of new plays.
>>>Bruce directs The Submission by Jeff Talbott at Florida Atlantic University March 22-25, 2018.
A gay, white, male playwright writes a script about a black family under the nom de plume of a black female writer then hires a black actress to play her at the play's first production. An explosive and timely play about race, sexual identity, and the ways we divide ourselves by failing, or refusing, to understand one another.
>>> Bruce directs a staged reading of Koalas by J. Joseph Cox at The Dramaworkshop April 20 & 21, 2018.
The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala in Ray’s backyard is Ray himself. When his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his gender-nonconforming child and unemployed brother, Ray’s protectionism goes into overdrive. Stifled by rules learned from a rigid father and the potential trigger of his ever-present rifle, Ray could become his own worst enemy in his quest to maintain his visitation rights. How can a 20th-century veteran survive the dawning of the 21st? A tragi-comic new play that explores the changing definition of what it means to be a man.
>>> Bruce directs Avenue Q at MNM Theatre Company May 25 through June 10, 2018.
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, this unique show has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it resembles a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.
>>> Bruce directs Woody Guthrie's American Song at Palm Beach Dramaworks July 13 through August 5, 2018.
Woody Guthrie's American Song is an ensemble musical theater piece adapted from the songs and writings of "America's premiere folk poet." The show uses Guthrie's own storytelling to create narrative contexts for his music. Woody believed that his work was inspired by this great country and the people who fought to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives as they wandered through it. American Song brings the challenges of the past into striking relief with the issues we still face today.