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Valeri Lantz-Gefroh

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science


Valeri Lantz-Gefroh, MFA, is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism where she serves as the Improvisation Coordinator in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She teaches workshops and graduate courses at Stony Brook, and has traveled around the country teaching improvisation at other universities, conferences and labs. Val is the producer of Science on Tap, an award winning live event and web show. She is also the coordinator of Science Unplugged, where she mentors and coaches students from the Alda Center to give science talks for the public. Val is spearheading a project to train teaching assistants (TAs) in Biology, Physics and Chemistry to better communicate with their students and is the lead instructor for this initiative.

Val has been a theater professional for the past 25 years as an actor, director and playwright. Prior to her move to the School of Journalism, she was a faculty member and Director of Acting for the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University where she directed and taught acting at all levels. Val also serves as the artistic director of Asylum Theatre Company, produced at Staller Center for the Arts.