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Prestigious Director Comes to Pitt Stages

This fall, Victoria Rhoades comes to the University of Pittsburgh as a special guest director and artist. Tori is a director, performer, and teacher of theatre working with the prestigious Shakespeare & Company.  She specializes in integratng the performing arts and psychology, acknowledging the role of gender, culture, and relationship throughout human development.  

While studying at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Tori developed an integrated teaching methodology weaving together Shakespeare & Company’s approach to performing Shakespeare with the fields of Relational Psychology, Educational Theatre, and arts therapies. 

Tori’s work is rooted in the ways human relationships and creative selves are affected by cultural messages of gender, their impact on our bodies, voices and the way in which we imagine ourselves in the world. 

She focuses on the creation of learning environments where both men and women can begin to be at ease expressing their full selves as human beings and in relationship with one another, rather than feeling judged and silenced by what we imagine is required of us in order to be women and men.

For eighteen years, Tori has taught in Shakespeare & Company’s Actor Training Program and Education Programs, and come the new semester, she'll be bringing those years of experience to students at Pitt.  Tori has directed a number of Shakepeares classics, including Romeo & Juliet, Tweflth Night, Othello, King Lear, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest (to name but a few).  This November, she brings the Bard's most popular comedy to the University of Pittsburgh Stages: A Midsummer Night's Dream.