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. She is an assistant professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a secondary appointment with Hispanic Languages and Literatures and is affiliated faculty with Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center, Center for European Studies, the program in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and the program in Cultural Studies.
Her 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. Dr. Jackson-Schebetta’s articles and reviews have 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-Schbetta will serve as Vice-President/President Elect with ATDS beginning Fall 2017.
Dr. Jackson-Schebetta is a director, devisor, dramaturge, and acting, movement and voice teacher. Her 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, MFA, MA, and BA programs in Theatre Arts. She lives in the neighborhood of Morningside with her family—and an ever-wayward vegetable garden.
“Remember history. Teach it. Learn it. Honor it. Be passionate about your theory and your politics, and communicate that passion widely. Believe in things, and share your beliefs faithfully.”