Meet Pia Russo – Next Act Theatre

Meet Pia Russo

Meet Pia Russo

By Pia Russo, Education Manager

At the end of this past summer, former Education Manager Grace DeWolff departed Next Act for a full-time teaching position at Golda Meir School. We’re excited to welcome our new Education Manager, Pia Russo! Let her introduce herself in her own words:

Hello! I’m Pia, proud newest member of the Next Act family. I graduated just last year from Marquette University with degrees in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education, as well as a minor in History. Most of my previous theatre experience is from Marquette, where I had a hand in GIDION’S KNOT and DOUBT: A PARABLE (directing), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and MAMMA MIA! (assistant stage managing) and ANTIGONE (stage managing). I also spent last summer interning at Door Shakespeare, where I (mostly) overcame a fear of bugs. It was during ANTIGONE that I met my predecessor, Grace DeWolff, who introduced me to Next Actors as a Teaching Assistant and soon passed me the torch as Education Manager. I am also currently finishing up the practicum of my Secondary Education degree at Pius XI High School, where I am student teaching theatre and government through January 2023.

My teaching philosophy revolves heavily around bringing equal opportunities to communities hurt by inequity, creating a democratic classroom and using youth art as a medium for authentic expression. I am so excited to bring that to my work at Next Act. When not at Next Act or teaching at Pius, I can be found playing board games, chilling with my roommate and cat (ideally together) and yelling about how much I love my students to anyone who will listen.