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, 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 transhistorical configurations of race, activism and belonging. Her current book project centers on intersections between contemporary street art, place-making and physical theatre in Latin American cities. Additional projects in development focus on early modern criollo and mestizo performances of Andalucian, African and indigenous histories; pre-WWII Latin American-Iberian theatre tours; and trans-national peace and performance.

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).  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. 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 is deeply informed by the ways 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 for UP Stages in collaboration with choreographer Staycee Pearl, artistic director of the STAYCEE PEARL dance project. The production’s accompanying research/practice symposium, “Public Praxis: Race, Performing, History,” brought together nationally renowned artist-scholars, Pittsburgh based artists, community members and faculty and students to examine meaning-making, race and belonging through performance. 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 produced a reading series of three new plays by women, all of which examined race, gender and sexual violence hemispherically, globally and trans-historically.

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, 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 manages 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.