Barbara A. Burgess-Lefebvre, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication (Arts & Humanities)
412-397-5409 phone (M)
412-397-6468 fax
Wheatley Center 216

Educational Background

  • Master of Fine Arts, Directing, Illinois State University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Writing/Drama, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1981

Professional Background

  • Pittsburgh Musical Theater (Acting, Costume Design, Fight Choreography) Richard E. Rauh Conservatory (Directing/Fight Choreography) Buckhannon Theatre (Acting/Directing) Steppenwolf Theatre (Costume Design/Assistant Stage management/Props construction)
  • Professionally directing, acting, fight directing and designing costumes for 20 years

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Directing Acting Stage Combat Choreography Costume Design Dramaturgy Make-up Design
  • Recognized as an actor/combatant in 6 weapons styles by the American Society of Fight Directors. (unarmed, quarterstaff, smallsword, quarterstaff, rapier and dagger, broadsword)


  • 2013 - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region II Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship response