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 in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas, Latin America and Spain, coloniality, 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 (Iowa, 2017) examines interwar Spanish and English language theatre in the United States and trans-historical configurations of race, activism and belonging. Her current book projects center on intersections between contemporary street art, place-making and physical theatre in Latin American cities, and pre-WWII Latin American-Iberian theatre exchange and influence.

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s work has been published in Theatre History StudiesModern DramaJournal of American Drama and TheatreNew England Theatre JournalTheatre 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).  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). She is pleased to serve as the Vice President/President Elect of ATDS, beginning Fall 2017.

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. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s work as a devisor and director has been produced at American Globe Theatre, HERE Arts Center, chashama, and The Women's Project and Productions, among others. 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 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, the Center for European Studies, the Cultural Studies Program and the Center for Latin America Studies. 

In addition to serving as Director of Graduate Studies with Theatre Arts, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta also managed The Welcome Table, Theatre Arts’ production based program dedicated to collaborations with artists of diverse descents, the melding of artistic and critical practice, and community-academic collaborations. 

Information on Lisa Jackson-Schebetta's recent book can be found here.
Traveler, There Is No Road 
Theatre, the Spanish Civil War, and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas