Currently the Head of Performance – Acting and Directing at the University of Washington School of Drama, Valerie also serves as the Founding Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project, a professional African-American theatre lab. She has worked with theatres across the country including: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Tacoma Actors’ Guild, Southern Repertory Theatre, Capitol Repertory Theatre among others.
2014: Stranger Genius Awards in Performance and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture.
2001: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s (SDCF) Gielgud Directing Fellowship
1997-1999: NEA/TCG Career Development Fellowship for Directors