What Our Graduate Students Are Saying About the Program
"The arts leadership program presented me with the ability to construct a course of study that included arts management, arts and culture, movement and devised theatre. While attending Virginia Tech I had the opportunity to meet and spend quality time with artists from various disciplines. Such opportunities created a platform for me to grow as an interdisciplinary thinker with an interest in art as both entertainment and a tool for social change. I treasure the relationships established at Virginia Tech during my course of study! I am moving into my post-graduate school life knowing these relationships are part of my future in the field of arts, education and culture. I'm looking forward to launching an ensemble for African Diaspora youth in the Washington Metropolitan within the next year. I know my studies at Virginia Tech have prepared me for this endeavor, and for my longterm life plans of entrepreneurship in the arts."
-Daveisha Gibson, 2017 M.F.A. in Arts Leadership
"Never before have I been so busy or worked so hard or learned so much in such a relatively short amount of time. This department provided the space and time necessary for me to continue my research and develop my work. My committee, Bob Leonard, Ann Kilkelly, Patty Raun and Randy Ward provided thoughtful, diverse articulated feedback as well as creative stimulation and inspiration every step of the way. Bob Leonard challenged me to take full responsibility for my education and my creative growth while encouraging me to expand my definition of theatre to include the community outside of the buildings in which we work. Thanks to the attention of my committee I am leaving this grad department a more articulate, impactful, and socially engaged theatre artist than when I came in a few short years ago."
-Vince DeGeorge, 2014 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue
"I have gained an incredible amount of artistry, skill, and confidence through this program. The faculty, in particular Bob L. and Patty, challenged me to meet high expectations - - this is a great place to learn, fail, and learn some more." - Amy Luce, 2014 M.F.A. in Stage Management
Our Graduates in the Field
Erin Albrecht , 2006, M.F.A. in Stage Management. After graduating she traveled nationally and internationally as a Stage Manager, Production Manager and Event Facilitator. Erin is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and an Adjunct Professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She just closed her 50th production as an Equity SM, and is proud to declare that she is now the full time resident PSM at Court Theatre in Chicago. Credits include: Arena Stage, Arkansas Rep, Blue Man Group, American Players Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New York Classical Theatre, and many others.
Dor Atkinson, 2011 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Lecturer in Drama, UC Santa Cruz
Donna Bradby, 2002 M.F.A. in Arts Administration - Executive Director for the Touring Theatre of North Carolina and teaches at North Carolina A&T.
Kathryn Burnham-Hull, 2011 M.F.A. in Props Design & Management - A/P Faculty (Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Foreman) at Radford University
Willie Caldwell, 2017, M.F.A. in Arts Leadership- Visiting Assistant Professor, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Miami University
Jessica Carson, 2010 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Freelance Lighting Designer based in Chicago
Jon Catherwood-Ginn, 2013 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Associate Director, Programming, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech
Leslie Cook, 2010 M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology - Assistant Professor, Costume Design at Longwood College
Vince DeGeorge, 2014 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Assistant Professor, Joseph Weinberger Chair
of Acting for the Lyric Stage (Musical Theatre & Opera), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Kevin Frazier, 2012 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Freelance Lighting Designer based out of Greenville, South Carolina (working on projects up and down the east coast from Peterborough, New Hampshire to Atlanta, Georgia). Kevin recently received four 2013-2014 Suzi Award nominations for lighting design. Read more about the nominations at the 2013-2014 Suzi Bass Awards.
Travis Gilmore, 2012 M.F.A. in Technical Direction - Assistant Technical Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Theresa Hartman, 2011 M.F.A. in Costume Design - Costume Shop Manager at Stephens College
Olivia Jones, 2019 M.F.A. in Arts Leadership- Community Partnerships Coordinator, Roundabout Theatre Company
Charles Kaiser, 1991 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Technical Director at the Newmarket Theatre (www.newmarket.ca/theatre), Town of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. This theatre is a 400-seat venue that is dedicated to providing an affordable and technically up-to-date facility for the people of Newmarket and the surrounding York Region. In 2017 another venue was added to his portfolio as the Town of Newmarket opened its newly renovated Old Town Hall as a multi-purpose arts space that includes a fully equipped theatre space. In addition to his work for the Town of Newmarket, Charles also works on freelance projects around Ontario, as well as working for one of Canada's largest fireworks companies (GFA Pyro). In 2015 Charles was involved in a display from the CN Tower for the PanAm Games that took place in Toronto. In 2017 he was awarded the Fletcher Award by the arts community in Newmarket for his outstanding contributions to live theatre in Newmarket.
Erin Keller, 2013 M.F.A. in Properties Design and Management - Props Department at Hartford Stage
Jamie Lindemann, 2012 M.F.A. in Technical Direction - Cirque du Soliel, Las Vegas
Amy Luce, 2014 M.F.A. in Stage Management - Production Manager and Actress, Freelance
Frank Mack, 1988 M.F.A. in Directing and Arts Management - Executive Producer for the Utah Shakespeare Festival
Alanna Malone, 2010 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Program Assistant, Seattle Children's Theatre
Kathleen Moriarty, 2014 M.F.A. in Scenography - Associate at David Korins Design in New York City
Thomas Murray, 2018 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Program Director at Storycatchers Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
Andy Naftz, 2016 M.F.A. in Technical Direction - Associate Draftsman for the Pink Sparrow Scenic in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Ryan Parow, 2012 M.F. A in Stage Management - Freelance Stage Manager in New York City and Company Management, Chautauqua Institution
Gabrielle Piazza, 2019 M.F.A. in Arts Leadership- Company Manager, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Terry Price, 1986 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Director, Integrated Marketing and Emerging Media at Texas Lutheran University (TLU). Terry is responsible for coordinating communication about TLU to key stakeholders including internal and external audiences using YouTube, iTunes U, live-streaming, radio, online and print media.
Michael Rohd, 2000 M.F.A in Theatre - Founding artistic director of the award-winning national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre and a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy Exemplar Award. He devises and directs new work around the nation and is on the faculty of Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, IL. Michael is a recipient of the 2015 Otto Award for his current project "How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes." Michael is also the recipient of the Robert E. Gard Foundation's 2015 Award of Excellence.
David Salmo, 2018 M.F.A. in Arts Leadership - Development Coordinator for the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Donna Thompson, 2017 M.F.A. in Arts Leadership - Programming Manager, Jefferson Center, Roanoke, Virginia