May 2021: Theatre Alumni Newsletter

students practicing in theatre class

May 2021: Theatre Alumni Newsletter

v c u arts students in class

More than likely, most graduates before 1995 had never heard of a pedagogy program, which the VCU theatre department started in 1996. We’re featuring four alumni of the program, with an intro from Professor Emeritus David Leong, former department chair.

– Liz Hopper (professor emeritus), Jerry Williams (B.F.A.’71/A) and VCUarts Theatre

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David Leong

David remembers how the pedagogy program got started at VCU. Find out what he’s been up to.

three people smiling

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (M.F.A. '06/A)

Lisa and her husband, Dennis Schebetta (M.F.A.’06/A), both earned their M.F.A.s from VCUarts Theatre. See where they went next.

actors in movement studio

Stephanie Dean (M.F.A.’07/A)

Stephanie can still recite pithy quotes from several of her professors. See if you remember them.

two men practicing fight choreography

Diego Villada (M.F.A.’08/A)

Diego wound up working with a fellow pedagogy grad he’d never met at VCU. Read more.

Lisa Kelly (M.F.A.’09/A)

Lisa runs the CIRTL at the University of Iowa. Learn what those letters mean.

alum call board

Call Board

We welcome the Class of 2021 to our ranks, plus alums announce gigs with HBO, Netflix, Disney and more news! Visit the call board.

Compiled by Liz Hopper (professor emeritus) and Jerry Williams (BFA ’71) for the May 2021 Theatre Alumni Newsletter.

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