Paul Steger is the Director of the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema at Virginia Tech. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, Steger served as the inaugural Director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
During his tenure at UNL, Steger developed and guided the Carson School through multiple strategic plans, Academic Program Reviews, reaccreditation to the National Association of School of Theatre (NAST), a $5.3 million renovation and addition to existing facilities, the acquisition of an overall $57 million investment by the University and the Johnny Carson Foundation to create the Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. In addition, Steger helped UNL and the University of Nebraska Foundation generate funding and resources to support and expand financial resources supporting theatre and film such that the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film endowments have tripled to more than $17 million.
In Spring of 2016, Steger worked on several projects, including creating fights for the History Channel series Vikings (Season 4, Episodes 17, 18, 19 & 20), coordinated faculty efforts to establish internships at Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, recruited potential Carson Center Directors at the FMX Conference in Stuttgart Germany, and was invited to participate and present at the inaugural “World Combat Teachers Conference” in Toronto.
Prior to joining the University of Nebraska, Professor Steger taught undergraduate and graduate classes in acting, movement, directing, stage combat and performance development, and served in various administrative capacities in the School of Theatre at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Sarasota, Florida and Panama City, Panama campuses), at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Drama, Webster Conservatory and at North Carolina School of the Arts, to name a few.
Professor Steger has appeared across North America, Europe, and Scandinavia as a performer, director, speaker, and consultant, coordinating efforts to create common vocabularies for world stage combat organizations and fight teachers at the international level. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the National Theatre Conference among others. Recent speaking engagements include the 2017, 2016 and 2015 National Association of Schools of Theatre Conference. Professor Steger served as the host of the 2014 “Movies and Beyond: Connecting Digital Creativity Across Disciplines,” a campus-wide retreat at UNL, exploring the intersections of film and emerging media, bringing together approximately 150 faculty from 42 distinct programs. Professor Steger serves on the NAST Board of Directors and will begin his appointment to the Board of Trustees for the National Theatre Conference in December 2017. He regularly serves as an external evaluator for NAST and the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA).