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Skip's Still Setting the Stage

— by on July 28th, 2009

Skip Epperson, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1983, has gone a long way since his days of building sets at the old Troubadour Theatre. Currently chair of the theatre arts program at California’s Cabrillo College, Skip is also the set designer for Cabrillo Stage, a professional summer stock musical theatre company in the Monterey Bay area of California. The San Jose Mercury News published a wonderful feature on Skip and his work last week in which he recounts not only that he had not realized W&L was all-male until he arrived as a freshman but also how he ignored his mother’s advice and got into theatre during his undergraduate days at W&L. After getting his B.A. from W&L where was a Chi Psi, Skip got the M.F.A. at Virginia Commonwealth. He’s been teaching at Cabrillo since 1990 and recently was awarded a 2008-09 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship for his work. If you’re in the Monterey Bay area in the next couple of weeks, you can catch some of Skip’s work on “The Wizard of Oz” between now and August 16.