Bria Walker-Rhoze

  • Assistant Professor (sabbatical spring 2023)
  • Head of Performance and MFA in Performance Pedagogy

Bria Walker-Rhoze is a multidisciplinary artist and serves as Assistant Professor and Head of Performance and MFA Performance Pedagogy.

Regional acting credits:  Crowns, A Christmas Carol, King Lear, Working, The Elephant Man, 365 Days/365 Plays (Denver Center Theatre Company); From the Mississippi Delta (Triad Stage);  The Royale (St. Louis Rep); The Garbologists, Crossroad – Spotlight Creator Series, The Royale, POP!, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, guest singer with THE SKIVVIES; Momentum Festivals 2016 & 2019 (City Theatre Company), Romeo & Juliet, The Boougie Gentleman, Fires in the Mirror (Pittsburgh Public Theatre PlayTime Benefit Series); Saints Tour, In the Raw Festivals, Midnight Radio(s), B.U.S. 7 & 10 (Bricolage Production Company); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (The REP at Point Park); Venus (University Of Pittsburgh Stages); The Sisters Grey, Every Tongue Confess, Last of the Line, The all-female staged reading of Piano Lesson, & August in August (August Wilson Center); Antony & Cleopatra (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre); It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (Theatre Aspen); Shakespeare on Nature (Aspen Ideas Festival).  Film: The Beat Goes On; Somewhere Near Here.  

Directing credits: co-director of Crowns (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre); for colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf, Surreality: an evening of sh*t that may be deep, staged reading of She Like Girls (SUNY New Paltz); Avenue Q (SUNY New Paltz & University of Pittsburgh); Emilia, Miss You Like Hell (University of Pittsburgh); Polaroid Stories (Southern Oregon University); Morning Mourning (SWAN Day Festival); Dog Shit (B.U.S. 11); Off With Her Maidenhead (The Pitch series for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse).

Assistant Directing credits: Sunset Baby, Black Ballerina, From the Mississippi Delta, Topdog/Underdog, Sweet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre).

Writing credits: Crossroad – City Theatre Company Spotlight Creator Series; “You think the Arts Don’t Matter.  What About Quarantine?” – OpEd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Other Voices; “Chant” - The Monologue Project; The Doll Confessions, with original writings: “Monk Monk’s Interlude” & “Tattered Love”).

Dialect Coacing credits: Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, Home (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre); Fires in the Mirror (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre & Pittsburgh Public Theatre, playtime series); Hair Waiting, The 39 Steps (Pitt Stages, University of Pittsburgh)

Web credits: “A Journey Through the History of Black Theatre” mini-lecture series – “Stay Creative” series, (CBS)

Research Interests

African American/Black Theatre, Devising, Theatre for Social Change, New Play Development, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), Ensemble based Movement work, Voice/Speech Training

Education & Training

  • MFA - National Theatre Conservatory - Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • BFA - Wright State University