Camp Director & College Prep Programs Manage
Lia graduated with honors from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2011 with a BA in Shakespeare and Education. She received her Master of Letters in 2015 and her Master of Fine Arts in 2016, both from the Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare & Performance program. Yes, Lia does in fact have three degrees in “Shakespeare” which, as it turns out, is not completely useless when it comes to finding “gainful employment” in the “real world,” Mom.
Lia is a Philadelphia native who initially infiltrated the American Shakespeare Center as an education intern in January of 2012. Instead of leaving Staunton at the end of her internship, Lia stayed put and continued to pretend she worked for the ASC. Over the years, she has masqueraded as the archivist, the financial assistant, a Playhouse tour guide, and an education artist. Having forgotten the fact she doesn’t even work here, in 2016 the ASC promoted Lia to the full-time position of College Prep Programs Manager and Camp Director. Outside of Shakespeare, Lia fancies herself an amateur (but enthusiastic) neuroscientist because brains. She is also particularly fond of Batman, roller coasters, and the Beatles.
Company Manager & Camp Life Coordinator
Adrienne was born, raised, and educated in the commonwealth of Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and a minor in English with a self-guided focus on British literature from Longwood University in Farmville, VA. In spite of her degree in performance, Adrienne has worked professionally as a technician and stage manager with the Virginia Theatre Association, the Santa Fe Opera, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Adrienne returned to the Blue Ridge when she enrolled in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare & Performance program where she received both her Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts. Year round, Adrienne is the ASC’s Company Manager and the Camp Life Coordinator for the ASC Theatre Camp every summer.
Vicky Vail (affectionately known as “Batman’s girlfriend”) joined the ASC Education department as a mere archive intern, but then quickly ascended the ranks to Lia’s intern (also known as Lia’s right hand man). It was only natural for Vicky to take the position of Staff Assistant during ASCTC because she already knows how to keep Lia from going too crazy. Thankfully, Vicky is accustomed to overcommitment which led her to receive her BA in Theatre and BA in English from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO. She then made her way to Staunton to work towards an MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare & Performance at Mary Baldwin University, of which she just completed her first year.
In regards to camp, Vicky is most looking forward to the moment she assumes total control over Lia’s position – I mean, she gets to work with teenagers who can understand and appreciate her passion for literature and theatre. After she completes her degrees at MBU Vicky plans she to pack up the entirety of the ASC and take it around the world with her in an attempt to gain ultimate world domination through Shakespearean performances and education. And if that’s not believable then you can just say she plans to go get a PhD in Dramatic Literature so that she can one day become a professor of English and Theatre.
Camp Coordination Assistant
Olivia is a recent graduate of Longwood University, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance this May. Her combined love for camp and a new interest in theatre administration led her to American Shakespeare Center Camp Coordinator Assistantship, a position she is very thrilled about! She has previously worked professionally with the Virginia Theatre Association and the Virginia Stage Company. When she isn’t working in the theatre or reading Shakespeare, you can find Olivia in the paper-making studio or drinking an inhumane amount of coffee. After working with ASCTC, she plans to haunt the basement of the Blackfriars, woefully singing show tunes (or following the path to becoming an Artistic Director, whichever ends up giving her better benefits).