Pronouns: she / her
Victoria Rhoades, PhD is an educator, actor, and director, specializing in Shakespeare and girls’ and boys’ development. Tori is a senior faculty of Movement and Text in the Training Program and has worked for years in various areas of the Education Program. She currently serves as founder and Executive Director of the newly developing, SAGE Center, (Shakespeare, the Arts, Gender and Education). Tori strives to create spaces where young women and men can respectfully and playfully learn from, and alongside one another. Favorite regional theatre roles include Rosalind (As You Like It), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Carol (Oleanna), Charity (Summer), among others. Tori holds a Masters’ and PhD from New York University, integrating the teaching pedagogy of Shakespeare & Company with the Relational Psychology work of Carol Gilligan. She holds a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University. She has worked as a guest director at high schools and universities in the Northeast, and as founding Performing Arts Director at an innovative high school in Sonoma County, Calif. She was a two-time recipient of artist grants from the Lotta M Crabtree Foundation, as well as a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is a member of both Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Her production of A Midsummer Nights’ Dream was awarded “Best Production” by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts. Tori is currently writing a piece for publication on creating “safe” learning spaces for young men and women to create, work and learn together.