skidmore theater faculty


Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

Theater Department Chair
Associate Professor – History & Theory

PhD  University of Washington
MFA Virginia Commonwealth University

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Theater
  • Theater and Culture II
  • Dramaturgy
  • Special Studies in Acting
  • Workshop Directors
  • Latin American and Latinx Performance
  • Gender and Theater


Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta is an award winning theatre history and performance studies scholar. Her research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas, Latin America, and Spain.  Jackson-Schebetta’s work  as a teacher and a scholar is deeply informed by her training and professional experience as a director, devisor, dramaturg, and voice and movement teacher.

Jackson-Schebetta’s first 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. Her second book explores intersections between peace-making and performance in contemporary Colombia She has published in Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, New England Theatre Journal, the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and others.

As a devisor and director, Jackson-Schebetta has worked with the American Globe Theatre, HERE Arts Center, chashama, and The Women’s Project and Productions, among others. Her work as a dramaturg has included collaborations with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Bellevue College, University of Washington, and Wild Iris Media. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Washington.

Jackson-Schebetta is completing her term as the general editor of the peer reviewed journal Theatre History Studies. She is a former AAUW fellow and former president of the American Theatre and Drama Society. She has served nationally on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Committee and will begin her term as Treasurer for the American Society of Theatre Research in Fall 2023.

Jackson-Schebetta oversees the Miranda Family Fellowships program at Skidmore College.


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