Victoria Rhoades

Victoria Rhoades, Ph.D., is an Educator and Theatre Artist specializing in Shakespeare, and Gender, Culture and Human Development.   A graduate of NYU and Northwestern, Rhoades creates spaces for girls, boys, women and men to resist cultural expectations of gender by engaging the imagination, intellect, body and voice through theatrical tools like Shakespeare.   She is the founding Director of The SAGE Center (Shakespeare, the Arts, Gender and Education), a newly developing organization offering workshops, consultation, teacher training and creative projects for artists, schools and organizations using Shakespeare and other creative methods as change techniques. Tori’s work integrates the relational psychology work of Carol Gilligan and others in the PACH Team, with the pedagogy developed by artists of Shakespeare & Company, and  other Theatre for Change methods.  She is a senior factually member in Shakespeare & Company’s Actor Training Program, and began working in Shakespeare & Company’s Education program twenty years ago, sparking her journey as a teacher/director. Tori created the foundational performing arts curriculum for the founding of Sonoma Academy high school in Santa Rosa, California, where she also served as Performing Arts Director.  She has taught as a guest or adjunct faculty at variety of public and private high schools around the Northeast, as well as Emerson College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Point Park University.  Tori has won awards for her work as a director and artist, and is beginning work on a book of her devised teaching method.