Gabriel Vanover
  • Gabriel Vanover
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.8836
  • Office: Theatre Arts Building, Office 10.5
  • Department: Academics


MFA, Texas Tech University
BA, Indiana University Southeast

Common Courses Taught


Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I am a theatre practitioner who works as an actor, director, dramaturge and teaching artist.

In the classroom, most of my work focuses on acting and directing including vocal production, movement, dramatic analysis and new work development. 

I’m a proud alumnus of Indiana University Southeast and Vincennes University. My graduate-level training is from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, where I was a Stokes-Regent Scholar and a National Research Fellow. While at TTU my work on stage was recognized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and I was named a national fellow in the Preparing Future Faculty Program (TEACH), as well as being named the 2016 recipient of the Helen DeVitt Jones Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. 

Favorite productions include Edna (Hairspray), Judas (Godspell), Mister Paradise (Mister Paradise), Norman (The Boys Next Door), Pozzo (Waiting for Godot) and On the Verge. 

My areas of research include the Jewish influence on the American musical form, the musicals of Jerry Herman, Lecoq movement, Lessac Voice Training, mask work, theatre as a community-building tool, performing as a communication tool for unique learners and new play development. 

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

At Lees-McRae, I work in variety of different roles, including professor, director and designer. I oversee our program’s season selection committee, help revise and design curriculum, supervise our program’s costume shop and extensive rental program, and recruit for our program at the local and regional level, as well as mentor and advise current students. 

Personal Interests

When I am not on campus, I enjoy hiking, baking, furniture restoration, spending time with my family and nephews, reading non-fiction in my rocking chair and spending time with my English bulldog, who the Theatre Arts students at Lees-McRae named Bagel. I also continue to work in the theatre as freelance actor and director, and further my own training in acting methodologies.