Vera J Katz

Professor, academic career spans 32 years in theater department at Howard University, 22 years at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington DC.

Vera J. Katz, a professor emerita in the theatre arts department at Howard University, has taught acting and directing for 32 years.  For the past 22 years, she had also been a member of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  She has directed more than 50 productions, originally working with Joe Hyman, who produced the famed playwright-director-author, Moss Hart, on Broadway.

She has taught such notables as Debbie Allen, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Isaiah Johnson, Jayme Lawson, Phylicia Rashad, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Fredericka Whitfield, Lynn Whitfield, and Isaiah Washington.

She is the author of A Katz Walk: A Toolbox of Techniques for Actors and Directors, with a foreword by   Phylicia Rashad. The book is her contribution to the artistic disciplines of acting and directing, especially as it relates to the strengths of the Black Experience.

She's taught featured workshops in acting  and directing for the past six years at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem. For the PNMC Festival, Professor Katz will lead a workshop on techniques for monologues.

9:30 AM

Friday 18th August, 2023

MASTER CLASS: A Technique for Working on a Monologue


Instructor:  Professor Vera J. Katz

Attendee should bring a prepared monologue with a copy for instructor.  If necessary, the instructor will provide a monologue for you.

1:00 PM

Thursday 17th August, 2023

PANEL DISCUSSION: Celebrating our Icons Together: Trailblazers from the Past Impacting Our Present and Future

PANEL DISCUSSION: Celebrating our Icons Together: Trailblazers from the Past Impacting Our Present and Future in the Roosevelt room.


Artists of Color (AOC) have always been a part of American theater, film and television.  Despite limited opportunities, these panelists prevailed and created a powerful and inspirational legacy.

This panel will bring together living legends who will share their stories and knowledge with current and emerging artists of the future.


Allie Woods, Sr., original founder of the Negro Ensemble Company; veteran theatre artist with 200 direction/performance/academic appointments in the U.S. and Internationally

Ted Lange, prolific author, educator, director, and actor of stage and screen

Starletta DuPois, veteran character actress

Regina Taylor, veteran actress, director, playwright, educator, and activist

Professor Vera J. Katz, director and professor emerita from Howard University Department of Theatre Arts; faculty the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Phillip Bernard Smith, veteran stage actor