Lisa Jackson-Schebetta - Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies



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PhD, University of Washington

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University


Lisa Jackson-Schebetta holds a PhD in Theatre History, Criticism and Theory from the University of Washington and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas, Latin America and Spain, practice/research, directing and devising.

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s book, “ ‘Traveler, there is no road:’ Theater, The Spanish Civil War and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas,” examines intersections between interwar Spanish and English language theatre in the United States and transhistorical configurations of race, activism and belonging. The book is forthcoming with University of Iowa Press in 2017. Her second major research project engages labor and exertion as historiographical methodology and focuses on physical theatre (collective creation, psychophysical performance, devising) and street art and graffiti in Bogotá, Valparaiso, São Paulo, and Caracas.  Additional research projects address collective creation, affect and urban space in contemporary Bogotá and early modern criollo and mestizo performances of Andalucian, African and indigenous histories. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s work has been published in Theatre History Studies, Modern Drama, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, the Journal of Critical Animal Studies and the Revista Iberoamericana, among others.  

Honors and Awards include: The American Association of University Women Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (14-15), Robert A. Schanke Research Award (2011), and The Celebration Barn Physical Theatre Residency (2015). In 2013, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta was honored to deliver a plenary paper with the Latino/a Focus Group at ATHE on the only Spanish language unit of the Federal Theatre Project. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta is an active member of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC; Theatre History Symposium Co-Chair, 2013, 2014), and the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS).

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta is a director, dramaturge and acting, movement and voice teacher. She holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy with emphases in pedagogies of devised theatre and voice and movement training for the actor-creator. While at VCU, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta taught courses in devising theatre, introductory and advanced voice and speech and acting in the BFA and MFA programs. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s work as a devisor and director has been produced at multiple venues, including the American Globe Theatre, HERE Arts Center, chashama, and The Women's Project and Productions. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and a former member of the Voice and Speech Teachers of America and The Women’s Project Director’s Forum. Her work as a dramaturge has included collaborations with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Bellevue College, University of Washington, and Wild Iris Media.

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s work thrives on collaborations and often centers on the way in which practice and theory inform one another.  For UP Stages, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta directed Sweeney Todd in collaboration with the Department of Music and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Her Hamlet devised with guest artist Rob Frankenberry and teaching artist Theo Allyn for Shakespeare in the Schools. In April 2014, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta directed the 2008 Tony Award winning musical In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, for Pitt Stages in collaboration with choreographer Staycee Pearl, artistic director of the STAYCEE PEARL dance project. The production, accompanied by the research/practice symposium “Public Praxis: Race, Performing, History,” formed part of an interdisciplinary project that sought to examine critical embodiment, diversity and (in)visibilities across academic, community and professional performance venues. The project was supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh, among other entities.  In 2015, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta co-directed Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids with Kimberly Griffin and dramaturged Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, directed by Ricardo Vila-Roger. In 2016, she will host a reading series, “Blooded Thought” which will examine intersections of theatre, gender and violence. 

At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta teaches and advises in the PhD, MA and BA programs in Theatre Arts.  She holds a secondary appointment with Hispanic Languages and Literatures and is affiliated faculty with the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, the Global Studies Center and the Center for Latin America Studies.