Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds Tour

Date & Time

June 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Drama Building Lobby


Join us for a walking tour of the Arts Grounds and see the exciting physical changes to The Drama Building & the 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 future plans for a new Music Building, a new wing to The Fralin and an addition to the Drama Building. Tour guides include Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts and Director of the Virginia Film Festival, as well as department chairs & program directors in the Arts and Architecture. The tour will begin in the lobby of the Drama Building and will end with a wine & cheese reception.


Jody Kielbasa

Vice Provost for the Arts, Director of the Virginia Film Festival, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Jody Kielbasa was appointed the second Vice Provost for the Arts in 2013. Jody is responsible for planning for the arts in consultation with the Arts Advisory Committee, participating in fundraising initiatives associated with the arts, and for initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary collaborations for the arts at the University.  In 2009, he was appointed to serve as Director of the Virginia Film Festival and has guided the festival to record breaking attendance numbers. Jody significantly expanded the festival’s Outreach and Educational programs to include a community-wide family day event, student filmmaking initiatives and more. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, He attended Rollins College and graduated with a B.A. in History. He went on to receive a B.F.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an M.F.A. in acting from the F.S.U./Asolo Conservatory for Actor’s Training. Jody spent 10 years in Los Angeles where he worked as a professional actor before founding the award-winning Tamarind theatre in Hollywood. He produced over 100 plays, working with numerous renowned stage and screen artists.  For 10 years, Kielbasa served as the founding director of the Sarasota (Fla.) Film Festival as it became one of the largest and most highly acclaimed festivals in the Southeast.