Jennifer Goff

Jennifer Goff

Visiting Instructor, Theatre

Jennifer Goff is spending this year as a visiting instructor at Virginia Tech, teaching, among other things, the theatre history track. In addition to her work as a teacher and scholar, her acting and directing have been seen in Oregon, Colorado, South Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, and Minnesota.

Contact Me

(540) 231-5505
304 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Feminist Theory
  • Women Playwrights
  • Comic Theory
  • Contemporary Russian Theatre Practice
  • Improvisation

Education & Training

  • PhD, Wayne State University
  • MA, University of South Carolina
  • BA, University of Portland

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

I love it when students discover something on their own – something beyond the syllabus or the lecture that they were interested enough to dig up for themselves. That’s when they really own the knowledge.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Their understanding of themselves as a piece of the whole. This is not an art that we do alone. This is an art that takes an awful lot of people to bring to life. Seeing opportunities to make not only the end product, but each other better is the ultimate goal.

Who has most influenced you?  Why?

I’ve had a lot of amazing influences, but I always trace my love of storytelling (the basis of theatre) back to my maternal grandfather. We called him Gandalf. He was a storyteller, a barbershop singer, a magician… he taught me how it feels to be swept up by a story.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Mid America Theatre Conference - Secretary
  • Comparative Drama Conference

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