Val Lantz-Gefroh, MFA/Associate Professor and Artistic Director of the TCU/UNTHSC School of Medicine. Val is thrilled to spend her time working with an interdisciplinary team on the development of an innovative communication curriculum called The Compassionate Practice™ at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Prior to her arrival in Texas, Val was the founding Improvisation Program Leader at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science where she developed innovative curricular techniques based in theater practice to help students connect more empathetically with their audience. She has taught medical students, doctors, nurses, undergrads, grad students, post docs, faculty and senior researchers and has traveled the world to lead communication workshops.
Val’s background as an actor and director began with training from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was followed by a professional acting career for over a decade, where she worked primarily in classical repertory theater specializing in Shakespeare. In her spare time, she tours her one-woman show, Standing in my Shoes, to medical schools to create conversations around empathy and resilience.
Above anything Val thinks of herself as a teacher. She loves working with students from all walks of life, and helping them discover and hone their talents and their connections with themselves and their audiences.