Virginia Queen has earned both a BFA in Acting from West Virginia University and an MFA in Acting from The School of Arts at Pennsylvania State University, where she taught acting for two years. She moved to New York City in 1997 and balanced her career as a professional actor, choreographer, director, producer, drama instructor and coach. In addition, she worked as a social justice advocate through the arts to provide positive social change in local communities and co-founded Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York City.
She moved to the Triangle in 2003 where she continued her work as an artist, educator, administrator and social justice advocate. She has worked with various local institutions including UNC’s Department of Theatre, Music and School of Education, Elon University’s Department of Theatre, Durham School of the Arts, North Carolina’s School of Science and Math, The Durham Arts Council, and The ArtsCenter, among others. She choreographed the musical Oliver for Playmakers Repertory Theatre’s first joint production with The ArtsCenter. She directed Project ENGAGE! for the School of Education at UNC. This production used Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to create an ongoing conversation between local schools, teachers, parents and students to strengthen their relationship and build a stronger community among them.
Virginia is passionate about her work and continues to work throughout the area. She has found a home at The ArtsCenter for 16 years where she has regularly taught beginner and intermediate acting classes in theatre and film, dance and movement courses for various programs, and currently serves as The Artist In Residence Coordinator.