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Valerie is the Head of Musical Theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, having developed the BFA in Musical Theatre.
At UAB, she teaches classes in Musical Theatre Performance, History and Script Analysis, and directs each year. The BFA program graduated its first class in 2018.
UAB named the #1 performing arts college program that “won’t break the bank” by Performer Stuff
Valerie is a certified Estill Master Trainer.
She maintains a private studio and her students have gone on to appear on Broadway and film (Mike Faist, West Side Story film and Tony-nominee for Dear Evan Hansen), on television (Jake Borelli, Grey’s Anatomy), and other performance venues (national tours, cruise ships, voice-overs, commercials, etc.).
Prior to coming to UAB, Valerie was the Head of Drama at Campion School, a British international school in Athens, Greece. While there, she taught IB Theatre, middle school theatre and music classes, and served as the private voice teacher. While working toward her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, Valerie taught three courses, including “Singing for the Actor”, a class that combined skills in music theory, vocal technique and performance.
To compliment her teaching work, Valerie stays active in other areas of the theatre business. In 2013, she worked as a rehearsal accompanist at Arena Stage in Washington DC on Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children starring Kathleen Turner. She has had two articles published in the international journal, Studies in Musical Theatre, published a peer-reviewed article in the Voice and Speech Review and contributed to the Voice Teacher’s Cookbook. She regularly presents at conferences such as the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Estill World Voice Symposium.