Dr. Troy Matthew Lescher holds a PhD from Texas Tech University, an MFA from Brooklyn College-City University of New York, a BA from the University of Virginia, and an AA from Piedmont Virginia Community College.
In addition to his film, television, and commercial credits, he has appeared in over 70 theater productions including projects at La MaMa ETC, the Flea Theatre, the HERE Arts Center, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the West End Theatre, the American Theatre of Actors, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He has toured with Obie award-winner Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company, shared the stage with Tony award-winner Bill Irwin in A Celebration of Clowning, and, recently, collaborated with Jaston Williams on an ensemble-based adaptation of A Tuna Christmas. A former street performer at NYC’s South Street Seaport, he has also appeared countless times at major sporting events, special events, and corporate events. In addition, his industry background includes several years as an entertainment producer including his work as a casting consultant for Bongarbiz and the Late Show with David Letterman.
He has served as an instructor at three City University of New York institutions, Texas Tech University, College America, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has also taught theater arts in New York City Public Schools and among several performing arts organizations including Bas Bleu Theatre Company, University Interscholastic League (TX), Puppetry in Practice, Circus Minimus, Live Arts Summer Theatre Institute, and Anderson Model & Talent Agency.
His research focuses on clowning-based training for actors including the pedagogical perspectives of Christopher Bayes, Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, and Dick Monday. He was a co-author of the annual “Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts” publication in Theatre Journal from 2010-2014 and has authored three pedagogy-based white papers. He has also designed and/or facilitated numerous teaching and learning-based workshops.
While at Texas Tech, he was a Faculty Developer and Senior Teaching Consultant in the university’s professional development center for four years, and was nominated for a Mortar Board Teaching award. He and his protégé were the 2014 recipients of the “Match-of-the-Year” award by the university’s mentoring program.
In his spare time he enjoys volunteering, traveling, hiking, watching baseball, and going to the circus.