Daniel MROZ

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Daniel MROZ
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies

2005 – PhD in études et pratiques des arts, Université du Québec à Montréal
1996 – MA in arts dramatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
1993 – BA in Drama and Theatre, McGill University

SMN 211

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1259

Work E-mail: dmroz@uOttawa.ca

Biography

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses. 

Biography

Daniel Mroz is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate theatre courses in English and French. He holds a PhD in the practice of interdisciplinary arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (2005).

Daniel apprenticed as a performer under Canadian director and acting teacher Richard Fowler and his company Primus Theatre from 1993 to 1997.

In 2005 Daniel co-founded One Reed Theatre Ensemble, a Canadian company devoted to the creation of devised physical theatre that emerged from his work with four graduates of English Acting Program of The National Theatre School of Canada.

Since the fall of 2009 Daniel has been the artistic and pedagogical director of Les Ateliers du corps, a long-term practical research studio based in Ottawa/Gatineau. The objectives of the studio are to innovate in the pedagogy of performer training, to create original performances and to develop young artists who create contemporary theatre.

A longtime student of Chinese martial arts, Mroz has combined his martial movement training with the embodied approach to acting he learned from Primus Theatre. The resulting approach is called The Dancing Word, an integrated system of performer preparation and original performance composition.

Daniel Mroz’ principal area of activity is in research/creation, focusing on devising original performances and innovating in the pedagogy of performer training. His work can be seen at www.dancingword.org

Specialist qualifications and Licensure

Recognized teacher of the approach to acting and directing created by European theatre director Eugenio Barba, as taught by Canadian theatre director and acting teacher Richard Fowler.

20th generation disciple of Chen Taiji Shiyong Quanfa (Chinese martial art and movement systems) under Chen Zhonghua, Ottawa, Canada and Shandong, China, discipleship conferred November 2010.

Certified teacher of Qigong (Chinese restorative movement systems) under Kenneth S. Cohen, Qigong Research and Practice Center, Nederland, Colorado, instructor’s license granted February 2011.

Certified as a Senior Associate Instructor by the Canadian Taijiquan Federation, July 2011.

Instructor level training in Cailifoquan, Tang Peng Taijiquan and Zhi Neng Qigong (Chinese martial arts and movement systems) under Wong Sui Meing, Montréal, 1993-2005.

Publications and Research

Director of Original Theatre

June 2014, Luo Shu Ji Xing, laboratory creation process with performers Ker Wells and Sionêd Watkins, Les Ateliers du Corps, Research/Creation studio, Ottawa, Canada, 90 hours, 1 workshop performance, 20 spectators

July 2012, And Treat the Distant Peoples with Kindness, original theatre performance conceived and directed by Daniel Mroz, text by Michael Geither with Daniel Mroz, Les Ateliers du Corps, Research/Creation studio, Ottawa, Canada, as part of a 6-week full-time intensive laboratory, 3 performances, 180 spectators

July 2011, Shah Mat, original theatre performance conceived and directed by Daniel Mroz, Ottawa Dance Directive, Les Ateliers du Corps, Research/Creation studio, Ottawa, Canada, July 2011 as part of a 6-week full-time intensive research/creation laboratory, 3 performances, 105 spectators

April 2011, lecture/demonstration on the work of Les Ateliers du corps and on the creation of Circe/Landfall, Fêtes Internationales du théâtre, International Festival of University Theatre, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec, 2 performances, 50 spectators

June 2010, Circe/Landfall, original dance/theatre performance conceived and directed by Daniel Mroz, Canada Dance Festival, Les Ateliers du Corps, Research/Creation studio, Ottawa, Canada, 3 performances, 150 spectators

Feburary 2008, Its Hard to Count to a Million by Frank Cox O’Connell, Megan Flynn, Daniel Mroz, Marc Tellez & Evan Webber, directed by Daniel Mroz (One Reed Theatre Ensemble). Presented at the Rhubarb Festival, 4 performances, 380 spectators, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto.

October 2007, Ariadne by Michael Geither, directed and devised by Daniel Mroz, world premiere of this new play, The Department of Theatre Drama Guild, University of Ottawa, 12 performances, 600 spectators, Ottawa, Canada.

August 2007 Its Hard to Count to a Million by Frank Cox O’Connell, Megan Flynn, Daniel Mroz, Marc Tellez & Evan Webber, directed by Daniel Mroz (One Reed Theatre Ensemble). New performance in development beginning in March 2007, Work-in-progress presented August 15, 2007, The Theatre Centre, Toronto.

July 2006-April 2007 Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us… by Frank Cox O’Connell, Megan Flynn, Daniel Mroz, Marc Tellez & Evan Webber, directed by Daniel Mroz (One Reed Theatre Ensemble).

Total: 22 performances in Montreal, Toronto, New York & Ottawa, 1200 spectators

Artistic Collaborations

September 2011, Choreographer for Frères d’hiver by Michel Ouellette, directed by Joël Beddows, Théâtre la Catapulte, full production, premiered September 12, 2011, National festival of Francophone theatre Événement Zones Théâtrales, 2 festival performances, +- 200 spectators, 8 repertory performances, Théâtre la Catapulte, Ottawa, Ontario, +-1000 spectators

July 2010, Choreographer for Frères d’hiver, by Michel Ouellette, directed by Joël Beddows, Théâtre la Catapulte, laboratory creation process, 45 hours

January 2010, Movement director and fight choreographer for Théâtre la Catapulte’s remount of Rage, directed by Joël Beddows

September 2009, Choreographer for Frères d’hiver, by Michel Ouellette, laboratory presentation directed by Joël Beddows, Théâtre la Catapulte, Festival Zones Théâtrales, 30 hours

Publications - Book

Mroz, D., The Dancing Word: An Embodied Approach to the Practice of Contemporary Theatrical Performance. Rodopi Press (Netherlands/U.S.A.) for the series Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, editor Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dingräfe, University of Lincoln (U.K.).  Published 2011.

Publications - Book Chapter

Mroz, D. Cycles of Creation: Michael Chekhov and The Yinyang Wuxing Cosmology in The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov edited by Yana Meerzon and Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu, Routledge Press, 2015.

Publications - Papers in Refereed Journals

Mroz, D. & Phillips, Scott Park. Daoyin Reimagined: A Comparison of Three Embodied Traditions, Journal of Daoist Studies, Volume 9, 2016 (in press).

Mroz, D. La Chaleur est mémoire, L’Annuaire Théâtral, Journal of the Société Québecoises des études théâtrales, numéro 52, automne 2012 (published Fall 2014).

Mroz, D. From Movement to Action: Martial Arts in the Practice of Devised Physical Theatre, Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 29, 2009, no. 2.

Mroz, D. Technique in Exile: the changing perception of taijiquan from Ming dynasty military exercise to 21st century actor training program, Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 28, 2008, no. 1.

Publications - Papers in Professional Journals

Freeman, B, Maclean, A., Mroz, D., Norris, S., Wells, K., Yamamoto Bae, M. Aesthetic Diversity in Actor Training. Canadian Theatre Review, no. 160.

Cox O’Connell, F., Flynn, M., Mroz, D., Tellez, M. & Webber, E. Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us. Canadian Theatre Review, no. 135.

Webber, E. with Cox O’Connell, F., Flynn, M., Mroz, D. & Tellez, M. All Seams: Some information from One Reed Theatre Ensemble. Canadian Theatre Review, no. 135.

Professional Activities - Master-Class Teaching

April 2013, The Dancing Word, practical master-class, vocal training for contemporary dance, School of Dance Contemporary Dance Program directed by Sylvie Desrosiers, Ottawa, Canada, 20 participants, 6 hours

November, 2012, Métamorfoz - professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, November 22-December 3, 2012, 8 participants, 80 hours

October 2012, Self-Resolution: Taijiquan, Confidence and Coherence, seminar for the Working Group on Theatre, Dance, Music and Consciousness, hosted by Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 5 participants, 1.5 hours

October 2012, The Dancing Word, An Introduction, master-class in Devised Physical Theatre for performing arts students in dance and theatre, hosted by Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 6 participants, 3 hours

October 2012, The Dancing Word, An Introduction, master-class in Devised Physical Theatre for students in the MA in Physical Actor Training and Performance, hosted by Dr. Frank Camilleri, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 15 participants, 3 hours

May 2012, Presence, Longevity, Creativity, a practical and theoretical workshop on the application of traditional Chinese movement arts in the training of performing artists at the 14th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Toronto, 25 participants, 75 minutes

April 2012, Body Memory, a practical and theoretical workshop for artists, scholars and students at Memory, History and Performance/Mémoire, Histoire et Performance, an academic conference of the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 12 participants, 3 hours

December 2011, professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, December 19-21, 7 participants, 18 hours

December 2011, martial arts master-class, Introduction to Chen Taijiquan, Centre Tsurugi, Brest, France, 10 participants, 12 hours

September-December 2011, professional master-class, Zhi Neng Qigong: Restorative Movement for Professional Dancers, Ottawa Dance Directive, Ottawa, Canada, 10 participants, 20 hours

February 2011, professional master-class, Martial Movement for Dancers, Core Performance Group, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, February 22-23, 12 participants, 4 hours

October 2010, professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, October 24-27, 10 participants, 16 hours

June 2010, professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, June 21-23, 10 participants, 16 hours

April 2009, Master-class senior teacher and pedagogical director for BodySchool: Contemporary Theatre Training Intensive, co-produced by the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. April 20-25, Ottawa Ontario, 18 participants (theatre professionals), 40 hours

May 2008, Master-class senior teacher and pedagogical director for BodySchool: Contemporary Theatre Training Intensive, co-produced by the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. May 18-23, Ottawa Ontario, 17 participants (theatre professionals), 40 hours

January 2008, interdisciplinary workshop on the relationship between body awareness and stress offered to Theatre, Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation students in collaboration with Dr. Pippa Hall (Faculty of Medicine, U of Ottawa) as part of the interdisciplinary research project Theatre As Teacher: The Drama of the Illness Experience, 9 hours, 8 participants

December 2007, master-class in Martial Movement for professional dancers, Çati Contemporary Dance Centre, Istanbul, Turkey, 12 participants, 16 hours

June 2007, professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Play Makers’ Society, Ottawa, Canada

June 2007, workshop on the pedagogy of Devised Physical Theatre for COUCTP (The Council of Ontario University and College Theatre Programs) Ottawa, Canada

June 2007, professional master-class on Devised Physical Theatre for Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Ottawa, Canada, 16 hours, 8 participants

March-April 2007, invited as director of One Reed Theatre to be the company in residence at the Glen Morris Theatre, Graduate Center for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto.

Professional Activities - Conferences and Presentations

Mroz, D. Warmth is Memory, a practical and theoretical workshop on the role of memory in the composition of performance for artists, scholars and students at the 2015 annual conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, hosted by the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 8 participants, 3 hours

Mroz, D. Luo Shu Ji Xing – a Laboratory Process in Theatre Creation, 2014 Working Group on Performance as Research, American Society of Theatre Research, Baltimore, U.S.A.

Mroz, D. Daoism 101: Daoyin Reimagined & Improv for Conditioning Emptiness, 2014 New England Association for Asian Studies Academic Conference, panel chair & co-presenter with Sabina Knight (Smith College) & Scott P. Phillips (North Star Martial Arts).

Mroz, D. Presence, Longevity, Creativity, a practical and theoretical workshop on the application of traditional Chinese movement arts in the training of performing artists at the 14th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Toronto, 25 participants, 75 minutes, May 2012.

Mroz, D. Body Memory, a practical and theoretical workshop for artists, scholars and students at Memory, History and Performance/Mémoire, Histoire et Performance, an academic conference of the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 12 participants, 3 hours, April 2012.

Mroz, D. Les Ateliers du corps: the Wolfpack Effect and the Honest Signal. Presented to the Working Group on Performance as Research at the American Society of Theatre Research Conference, San Juan Puerto Rico, 2009.

Mroz, D. Ontological Research: Ways of Knowing in Performance Practice. Presented to the Working Group on Performance as Research at the American Society of Theatre Research Conference, Boston, 2008.

Mroz, D. From Movement to Action: Martial Arts in the Practice of Devised Physical Theatre. Presented to the Working Group on Performance as Research at the American Society of Theatre Research Conference, Phoenix, 2007.

Awards

2011 -  Gold Medal Taolu Performance (choreographed martial arts routines) First International Hong Junsheng Taijiquan Seminar and Competition, Daqingshan, Shandong, China.

2009 - Recipient of the 2009 Alan Blizzard Teaching Award as part of Dr. Pippa Hall’s Inter-professional Palliative Care Education research project.

2009  - Recipient of a three-year $126,000.00 Research/Creation grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  

2006  - Toronto’s Best Young Theatre Ensemble, Now Magazine, One Reed Theatre Ensemble

2006  - Summerworks Festival 2006 Spotlight Award for the performance Nor The Cavaliers Who Come With Us.

2006  - Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble for the performance Nor The Cavaliers Who Come With Us from Toronto’s Now Magazine.


Theatre – Daniel Mroz

Video

Title: Circe/Landfall 
Playwright: Daniel Mroz and Michael Geither
Captation: Marie-Louise Gariépy

Zen Thespian
Hands-on research leads to advances in the performing arts. How can actors become more aware of the body on stage?

 

Daniel Mroz practicing Taijiquan with his teacher Master Chen Zhonghua

 

Daniel Mroz practicing Taijiquan with his teacher Master Chen Zhonghua

 

Evan Webber, Frank Cox O’Connell and Marc Tellez in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Evan Webber, Frank Cox O’Connell and Marc Tellez in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Megan Flynn and Marc Tellez in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Megan Flynn and Marc Tellez in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Megan Flynn, Marc Tellez and Evan Webber in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Megan Flynn, Marc Tellez and Evan Webber in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Marc Tellez, Evan Webber, Megan Flynn and Frank Cox-O’Connell in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Marc Tellez, Evan Webber, Megan Flynn and Frank Cox-O’Connell in One Reed Theatre’s Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us, Directed by Daniel Mroz

 

Fields of Interest

  • Acting and Performance (Movement, Voice, Composition and Interpretation)
  • Directing (Devising original performance)
  • Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Physical Culture (wushu and qigong)
  • World Music Singing and Contemporary Vocal Music
  • Theatre Anthropology, Performance Studies and Ethnoscenology
  • Contemporary approaches to performance aesthetics and actor training
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