Alumni (Scholar)

Lear deBessonet

James J. Bailey III Jefferson Scholar
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
B.A. University of Virginia (2002)


President’s Commission for the Visual and Performing Arts; Student Council, Student Arts Committee, co-founder, vice chair; First Year Judiciary Committee, judge; First Year Players, Godspell; Drama Department Main Stage: Shatter the Vessel; Six Characters in Search of An Author, actor; Measure for Measure, assistant director; In the Widening Gyre, director, writer; XTC: Pursuing Lady Macbeth, director, writer, producer; In Pursuit of Ecstasy (film), director, writer, producer; Kennedy Center’s College Theatre Festival, Devolution director; Helms Series: Getting Out, actor; Spectrum Theatre: Lysistrata, producer, discussion mediator; Drama Department Lab Shows: Cupid’s Pen, actor and producer; Mud, director and producer; Hello Out There, actor; Smelling Lilies, director; Planning Committee for U.Va. Lab Theatre, chair; U.Va. President’s Cabinet, student representative; Pi Beta Phi, Standards Committee; Fourth Year Class Award for the Visual and Performing Arts; College of Arts & Sciences Fellowship to research Japanese theatre; Raven Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Intermediate Honors; Dean’s List; Echols Scholar

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