The School of Drama Welcomes Bria Walker-Rhoze


The School of Drama is thrilled to announce that Bria Walker-Rhoze will join our acting faculty in the fall.


Walker-Rhoze is a multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, PA, and serves as Associate Artistic Director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) in Evanston, IL. She joins us from the University of Pittsburgh where she served as Head of Performance and MFA Performance Pedagogy in the Department of Theatre Arts and co-organizer of the university-wide initiative Black Lives in Focus.


Recent acting credits include THE GARBOLOGISTS (World Premiere, City Theatre), FIRES IN THE MIRROR (FJT & Pittsburgh Public Theatre), THE ROYALE (Rep of St. Louis, City Theatre), and roles in productions around the nation including: Denver Center Theatre Company, Triad Stage, The REP at Point Park, August Wilson Center, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Theatre Aspen, and Aspen Ideas Festival.


Directing credits include: OBAMA-OLOGY, co-director of CROWNS (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre), DOG SH*T (Bricolage Production Company – B.U.S. 11); OFF WITH HER MAIDENHEAD (The Pitch series for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE, WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, SURREALITY: AN EVENING OF SH*T THAT MAY BE DEEP (SUNY New Paltz); AVENUE Q (SUNY New Paltz & University of Pittsburgh); EMILIA, MISS YOU LIKE HELL, AVENUE Q (University of Pittsburgh); POLAROID STORIES (Southern Oregon University).

Writing credits include: “Crossroad” – City Theatre Company Spotlight Creator Series; “You Think the Arts Don’t Matter. What About Quarantine?” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Other Voices OpEd; “Chant” – The Monologue Project; “Monk Monk’s Interlude”, “Tattered Love” – The Doll Confessions.


Web credits include: “A Journey Through the History of Black Theatre” mini-lecture series – “Stay Creative” series, (CBS).



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City Theatre Company
Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover

Repertory Theatre St. Louis

Pitt Stages
(Broadway World Regional Award winner for Best Director & Best Ensemble)

Co-production with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre & Pittsburgh Public Theatre Playtime Series