Born and raised in Virginia, LaReau is a performer, director, dramaturg, and scholar with a unique combination of applicable skills gained in the sales world. Focusing on intercultural performance, race, and opera, LaReau's work investigates the ways the racialized Other is portrayed on opera stages. In addition to cultivating diverse theatre and opera audiences, LaReau also enjoys politics, museums, and a nice Oloroso sherry. When not working on research, LaReau can be found at the gym, a UGA football game, or a golf course.
BA - Musical Theatre and Dance - Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia (2014)
MFA - Theatre Pedagogy - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (2019)
Book Review, A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical by Elizabeth Wollman, New England Theatre Journal 31 (2020): 167-187.
Article, “The Gap between Fetishization and Fascination: Ownership of Body and Mind in Mozart's Vienna and Beyond", Musical Theatre Studies (2021): forthcoming.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
2018-2019 Graduate Student University Service recognition, Virginia Commonwealth University
2019 Richmond Theatre Critic's Circle Award, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Grad Student Liaison to the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) Planning Committee (2021-present)
Conference Presentation, "The Costume as Character: A Critical Exploration of Lynn Nottage's Use of Textiles in Intimate Apparel", Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC): Chicago, 2019.
Conference Presentation,"Staging the Racialized Other: Jonson, Mozart, and the Short Distance from Masque to Opera", Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE): Virtual, 2021.
Conference Presentation, “The Gap between Fetishization and Fascination: Ownership of Body and Mind in Mozart's Vienna and Beyond", Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE): Virtual, 2021.
Ancient Egypt on stage in opera, propaganda in the Ancient World, Edward W. Said, musical theatre, Mozart and Verdi