Actor. Director. Artistic Director of The Greenhouse Ensemble
Artistic Director and Founder of The Greenhouse Ensemble
Theatre Acting: Twelfth Night (Greenhouse Ensemble); Soup or Heroes (Greenhouse Ensemble); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Greenhouse Ensemble, Dir. Austin Pendleton); Master Harold… and the boys (Aurora); The Master and Margarita (Russian Arts Theatre and Studio); Three Sisters (Russian Arts Theatre and Studio); Avenue of Wonder (Russian Arts Theatre and Studio); HOME…(Williamston – Wilde Nom.); In The Next Room or the vibrator play (Performance Network); Moses, The Author (NY Fringe Encore Series); “Nick” in Dark Play or Stories for Boys (Renegade Theatre Fest- Pulsar Award, Thespie Award.); Between Panic and Desire (Midtown International Theatre Festival); Theory of Mind (2011, 2012 Tour); Extracurricular (NY 15min. Play Fest- Festival Finalist, Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2012); Stuck (Greenhouse 10 Min. Play Soiree). Published Acting Credits: Extracurricular; Arts or Crafts; Theory of Mind.
Film Acting: American Dreams in China (Peter Chan); Dating a Murder Mystery Character (Greenhouse Ensemble); Ghosts (Greenhouse Ensemble); The Hitch-Hiker (Pretty Cool Hand Prod.); Sam Meridian (Pretty Cool Hand Prod.); Commercials For Google, Hyundai, Samsung, Michigan Government PSA.
Live Zoom: Running in Circles Screaming (The Greenhouse Ensemble); Fix (The Greenhouse Ensemble); Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World (The Greenhouse Ensemble); The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World (Seperate production, The Greenhouse Ensemble)
Directed Theatre: Muse (Greenhouse Ensemble, 2023); Captain Placeholder and The Adventures of We'll Figure It Out Later (Greenhouse Ensemble, Workshop); Twelfth Night (Greenhouse Ensemble - Nom. New York Shakespeare Award- Best Comedy); Soup or Heroes (Greenhouse Ensemble); Romeo and Juliet (Greenhouse Ensemble); Dads, Dates and Other Disturbances (Greenhouse Ensemble); The House of Yes (Greenhouse Ensemble); A Painted Window (HB Studio); God, Sex and Getting Even (Greenhouse Ensemble); 44th and 9th (Greenhouse Ensemble); The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe (Greenhouse Ensemble/Secret Theatre - Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Play Award); Tarantula (Hudson Guild); For Greenhouse Ensemble's "10 Minute Play Soirée": Petey Bear, Speed Date, A Dog Dreams, The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe, Dream Fragmentation, The Gig at the U (upcoming).
Directed Film: The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe (Short); Lifestyle Content (Short); Cross From Rome (Short); Ham Sandwich (Short), Louis Flagg (Short), Sunshine and Razor blades (Short), Casey (Short); Scene From Ghosts (Short); Sonnet 24 (Globe Theatre, NY Shakespeare Exchange); Glucosamine, Chondroitin (International Commercial).
Directed Live-Zoom: Running in Circles Screaming (Short); Fix (Short); The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World (Short); The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World (Short- seperate production)
Trained with Austin Pendleton for five years, Michael Chekhov under Aleksey Burago at the Russian Arts Theater and Studio for five years, Michael Ostrow at the New York Center for The Alexander Technique for ten years (ongoing), Lucid Body with Fay Simpson at Lucid Body House for one year (ongoing). Further training under Jack Garfein, Patsy Rodenberg, George Barenieff, William Alderson, Eric Michael Gillett. BFA Michigan State University.
Misc.: Acting Teacher; Host of "Portrait of an Artist" podcast; Host of SHORT TUESDAYS; Panelist at CANDID (2018, 2019, 2020); Panelist at NJCU (2019); Current Writer at West Side Rag. Former writer at I Love The Upper West Side, East Side Feed, The Indypendent, Theatre Pizzazz.
DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS
"Hazen Cuyler was Outstanding!"
-Michigan Entertainment Radio, Jim Fordyce
"Directed by Lela Ivey, was a 90-minute free-fall through a very dark, sick, funny and sad world, perfectly performed by Hazen Cuyler... Internet chat rooms are clearly not the place to find love but they do make for dangerous theater, and this was edgy theater at its finest. At times hard to swallow, Stories was nevertheless a tantalizing thriller that leaves permanent memories."
-City Pulse, Paul Wozniak
"Peppermint Creek Theatre's outstanding production of Dark Play, or Stories for Boys was one of the highlights of last weekends Renegade Theatre Festival. If you missed it, dont make the same mistake twice"
-City Pulse, James Sanford
"Dark Play or Stories For Boys... Was Absolutely Stunning!"
-Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatre, Jane Zussman
Pulsar Award: Special Award for Extraordinary Performances; Thespie Award: Outstanding Limited Run of a Production
IN THE NEXT ROOM... OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
"Casting is pitch perfect...As the artist pining for an Italian lover, Cuyler is fiendishly morose and then impassioned"
-Encore Michigan, Michael H. Margolin
"Generously creates three dimensional characters who tend to fall in love with the wrong people."
-The Examiner, Sean Carter
HOME: VOICES FROM FAMILIES OF THE MIDWEST
"Regan directs a cast of four powerhouse actors... and Home introduces them to actor Hazen Cuyler... [He] slips seamlessly between characters while portraying real connection in their relationships."
- Encore Michigan, Bridgette M. Redman
"[Hazen] changes tone in a flash, consistently tapping into wells of ebullience and gravity. [He] shows range by playing a variety of ages and relationships"
- The Rogue Critic, Carolyn Hayes
"a versatile performer"
- Lansing State Journal, Kate O'Neil
"I lost count of the total of stories after the 10th one, not because they were decreasingly interesting, but rather because they became more compelling, more expansive in characterizing the breadth and depth of families... Perhaps the most poignant story of the night is “I’m Staying,” in which Cuyler portrays a young gay adult confronted by his partner’s mother. She is in denial, mourning the realization her only son will never give her a biological grandchild; this is one of the heart-wrenching ones."
-City Pulse, Tom Helma
"Cuyler and Meyer, the younger of the ensemble, are not simply relegated to Son and Daughter status, bringing happy uncertainty to a couple deciding to start a family and surprising depth to a babysitter whose charge talks of his dying father without comprehension."
-The Rogue Critic, Carolyn Hayes
Wilde Award Nomination; Best Ensemble
MOSES, THE AUTHOR
"Moses,The Author is the best, most evolved and funniest production I've seen in 18 summers of the Fringe Festival.”
- WBAI Radio (Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Café)
"A better cast couldn't have been assembled and directed by Amy Wright"
"Hazen Cuyler is a brooding yet brash Gershy who challenges his father to examine his body of work from a new perspective"-
-Theatre Reviews Limited, David Roberts
NY Fringe Encore Series
City Pulse Article, "Several Local Actors Are Worth Spotlighting" by Tom Helma
"...these actors provided some of the finest examples of what good community and professional performances should be like... Hazen Cuyler has come a long way ... acting alongside the likes of John Lepard in “Home: Voices From Families of the Midwest” at Williamston Theatre and starring in “Dark Play, or Stories for Boys,” the shocking Peppermint Creek show presented during the Renegade Theatre Festival. Cuyler delivered compelling performances in both productions, proving that he has more dramatic potential yet to be tapped and seen."
"BEST COMEDY" NOMINATION, NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE AWARDS
“Theater veteran and artist, Hazen Cuyler put up a fun outdoor summer Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night on the West Side, which was so well received, that it was turning heads and drawing attention all the way to the East Side.”- Rodney Hakim, New York Shakespeare
THE UNSPEAKABLE PASSION OF MITCH DEVOE
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD; LONG ISLAND CITY ONE ACT FEST (Also Best Actor Award, Best Play Award - of 50 plays)
THE HOUSE OF YES
"Every character in the play seems to present one face while struggling to suppress their true inner maladjusted selves, which makes for a riveting story superbly directed by Hazen Cuyler. Cuyler has sensitively manipulated his actors to create just the right balance, and his clever utilization of two stage levels, often showing us two scenes simultaneously, is thoroughly engaging, providing a satisfying fly-on-the-wall experience. If it’s an entertaining story with polished performances you’re after, you have only to say “yes” to The House of Yes." - Tania Fisher, Stagebuddy.com
To say that the material is a bit unusual is an understatement, and in the hands of a weak cast or poor direction, it could easily go wrong. But Cuyler is a clever and resourceful director. He takes the material, his limited space and quickly creates a moment and story that seems surprisingly real and believable. I don’t mean to be vague, but you have to see it yourself to understand my references. Cuyler uses everything at his disposal, knows the material well enough to make the right choices and has a cast that is strong, confident and committed to their characters in a manner that beautifully brings this story to life....
A Big Yes, to Greenhouse Ensemble's The House of Yes."- Roger Gonzales, Local Theatre NY
DADS, DATES AND OTHER DISTURBANCES
"Director Hazen Cuyler directs all the pieces with heart and care... Tangredi’s work is extremely original and not at all familiar...
One of the most compelling pieces in the line-up is The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe, in which Mitch (Conor Andrew Hall) returns home to confess to his gay brother Scott (Joey Rotter) that he plans on marrying a staunch Republican. Hall and Rotter spar, struggle, and scuffle with great passion, which makes the scene irresistible and demands the audience’s empathy."- Theatre Is Easy, Ken Kaissar
TWELFTH NIGHT INTERVIEW - ON THE GREENHOUSE ENSEMBLE
Bar Crawl Radio Interview
"The most important thing is for an individual actor to take responsibility for his/her instrument and process. It’s important they know what they need to do before a show begins in order to create the best work. It’s very easy to fall into casual conversation with fellow actors, distracting themselves and avoiding responsibility. This can actually be a part of some people’s process, but often times it proves detrimental when you compare results from an actor who prepares methodically before a show and someone who jokes with fellow actors. The work requires an incredible amount of presence and concentration and these skills require practice and dedication."
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"The process of creating art is an act of healing the individual and the community at large. By becoming more sensitive to your own suffering and sharing what you’ve understood, you transmit that knowledge to audiences and relieve their suffering... I think this is an amazing time in the history of all art. I believe, for the arts at least, this Zoom theatre/live film is the new medium which theatre has been driving toward for many years (most recently in West Side Story directed by Ivo Van Hove and Medea directed by Simon Stone). It is a separate medium which needn’t be competitive with theatre or film. When we find a way to iron out the obvious technical kinks, the potential reach for theatre arts (in American audiences anyway) could be revolutionary."
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CANDID Panel Discussion: "Reimagining Theatre and Performance During and After the Pandemic"
This was the third year in a row that I was asked to speak at CANDID during their Arts Month programming.
"What does the future of theatre and the live performing arts look like as we move forward? Join us for a conversation with leaders in the field who will share their ideas and optimism as we revive our performing arts institutions and bring growth and new concepts into the sector. Our panelists will share first-hand experiences about how they have adapted their shows and programming. They will also speak to challenges and new opportunities ahead of them."