Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds Tour

Date & Time

May 31, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Drama Building, Lobby
109 Culbreth Road
Charlottesville, VA, 22903


Join us for a walking tour of the Arts Grounds and see the exciting physical changes to the Drama Building & Ruth Caplin Theatre, the Hunter Smith Band Building, as well as the Fralin Museum of Art, Campbell Hall, the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library and Ruffin Hall. Hear about the exciting growth of the Arts and how they are integrated into the academic experience for current students. Tour guides include Jenny Wales, Director of the Heritage Theater Festival, as well as department chairs and program directors in the Arts and Architecture. The tour will begin in the lobby of the Drama Building and end with a wine and cheese reception at the Fralin.


Jenny Wales

Director of the Heritage Theater Festival

Wales, a Danville, Virginia native, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia, and earned a Master’s Degree in acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. She has appeared in productions in New York and at regional theatres across the country. Wales relocated from New York to Chapel Hill, and in 2011 joined PlayMakers Repertory Company. As Associate Producer and Director of Education and Outreach, Wales played a key role in leading the organization during an unprecedented period of growth. Wales’ wide range of roles included producing six mainstage and three second stage productions each year, spearheading the acclaimed PRC2 series, which combines each performance with a post-show discussion, acting as the company’s casting director, leading successful major grant applications, participating in creative marketing efforts, and continuing to develop and expand PlayMakers’ award-winning education programs. Wales taught undergraduate and graduate drama classes while at the University of North Carolina, in addition to guest lecturing in departments including Political Science, African, African American and Diaspora Studies, Communication Studies, American Studies, Geography and Psychology and Neuroscience.