Lisa Jackson-Schebetta - Assistant Professor



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1617 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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.  Her research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas and Spain; critical embodiment; directing and practice/research. 

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s publications include articles in Theatre History Studies, Modern Drama, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, New England Theatre Journal, Journal of Critical Animal Studies and Extensions Journal of Technology and Embodiment and book reviews in Revista Iberoamericana, Theatre Topics and Theatre Research International.  Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s book manuscript, “Spectres of History: The Spanish Civil War on U.S. Stages,” examines intersections between interwar Spanish and English language theatre in the United States and transnational configurations of race, activism and belonging. Additional research projects address collective creation and urban space in contemporary Bogotá and early modern criollo and mestizo performances of Andalucian, African and indigenous histories.

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), and the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS). In 2011, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta was awarded the Robert A. Schanke Research Award at MATC for her paper, “Companies to Keep: 1930s Air Raid Drama and Ethical Citizenship in the Americas,” subsequently published in Theatre History Studies.  In 2013, she was honored to give a plenary paper with the Latino/a Focus Group at ATHE on the only Spanish language unit of the Federal Theatre Project.  She currently serves as the MATC Theatre History Symposium co-chair. 

With the support of the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the American Society for Theatre Research and other entities, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta is currently initiating an interdisciplinary inter-institutional Center for Embodied Research with Dr. Jeanmarie Higgins at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  The Center seeks to provide multiple sites through which theatre and dance artists and scholars can interrogate and articulate performance making as theory making.  The first site, a research/practice symposium entitled “Public Praxis: Race, Performing, History,” will take place at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2014, as a public humanities accompaniment to the University of Pittsburgh’s production of the 2008 Tony Award winning musical, In the Heights, directed by Jackson-Schebetta.

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 from Virginia Commonwealth University. 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. Her own training is grounded in Roy Hart, Grotowski, Yakim and others.  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.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Jackson-Schebetta teaches and advises in the PhD and MA programs and is affiliated faculty with Women’s Studies, the Global Studies Center and the Center of Latin America Studies.  She teaches in the undergraduate World Theatre history sequence, advises undergraduate and graduate directors, and directs mainstage productions, including 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 March 2014, she looks forward to directing In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, in collaboration with choreographer Staycee Pearl.