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Laura Epperson

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Laura Epperson, Instructor

School of Performing Arts
317 Henderson Hall, 195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Laura Epperson (she/her) is a Post-MFA Fellow in Applied Performance in the Theatre and Cinema program at Virginia Tech.

As a performance maker and teaching artist, Epperson works to imagine just and joyful futures through collaborative and embodied practice in schools and communities. Her practice-based research explores how healing-centered engagement and rigorous aesthetic practice supports individuals and communities in identifying, dismantling, and reimagining unjust systems.

Epperson holds a BS in theatre performance from the University of Evansville and an MFA in drama and theatre for youth and communities from the University of Texas at Austin. Her MFA thesis Our Voice is Powerful: Toward an Aesthetics of Healing in the Performing Justice Project received the 2021 Distinguished Thesis Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

  • Transformative Justice in Applied Drama and Theatre
  • Devising Performance with Youth and Communities
  • Drama-Based Pedagogy and Practice in Education
  • Aesthetic Perspectives and Arts for Change
  • Theatre for Dialogue
  • MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, University of Texas at Austin, 2020
  • BS in Theatre Performance, University of Evansville, 2012
  • 2021 Distinguish Thesis Award, American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Book chapters
  • Epperson, Laura and Faith Hillis. "Doing Justice: Pushing Past Fear, Asking the Tough Questions.” Devising Critically Engaged Theatre for Youth: The Performing Justice Project, by Megan Alrutz and Lynn Hoare, Routledge, 2020.