Valeri Lantz-Gefroh has been a theatre professional for the past 20 years. After graduating from NC School of the Arts, she spent the first decade of her career working as a professional actor, working largely in classical repertory. Theatre credits include American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, NC Shakespeare Festival, The Court Theatre, American Inside Theatre, The Body Politic, among others. Her focus shifted to education following an offer to teach acting here at Stony Brook. She completed her MFA in Stony Brook’s dramaturgy program in 2003, and has been working here as a teacher and director since 2000. Valeri teaches Acting I, II, III, Shakespeare for the Acstor and Senior Seminar. Directing credits at Stony Brook include Spike Heels, Stop Kiss, Under Pressure, Omnium Gatherum and this season’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She served as the Artistic Director for the Inaugural season of the Long Island Play Project and is a founding member of Asylum Theatre Company.