alerie is a theatrical and visual artist, especially interested in creating collaborative, multidisciplinary, new theatre. She has an unquenchable love of learning, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Studio Art, a minor in Directing, and a minor in Design/Production, emphasizing in Costume Design. Valerie has directed four full productions at Oklahoma City University: Dead Certain by Marcus Lloyd, The Priory by Michael Wynne, Footfalls by Samuel Beckett, and Cascando by Samuel Beckett. She also directed a daringly independent production, the premiere of Sheridan McMichael’s new musical, Now We Are Six (starring Drew Feldman as Christopher Robin). She joined Drew’s devised theatre group Inspired By, and ended up working with Drew and composer Davis Good in the collaborative production of Sight Unseen, assistant directing and creating original paintings for the show.
As a visual artist, Valerie has exhibited her work in the Nona Jean Hulsey Galleryand Independent Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. Her artistic journey has led her to focus on subjects of the mind and inner reality, greatly inspired by Expressionism and Surrealism. She works in oil painting, large scale charcoal drawings, and sculptural installation work (using sewing and fiber arts). She has played in the orchestra for most of her life and studied violin under John Arnold. She has had the pleasure and honor to play violin in some great productions: Bernstein’s Mass at The Civic Center Music Hall, Berlioz Requiem Mass at First Presbyterian Church, and the film score for Daughter of Dawn. Valerie has a special love of Shakespeare, who brought her to theatre in the first place through Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, the company she began with and has performed the most for. She feels extremely passionate about this project as it combines two of her favorite things: Shakespeare and imaginative, collaborative theatre. Later this summer, she is excited to assistant direct Macbeth at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.