Tori Lee Averett is a listener and a lover of story who believes in the arts’ ability to bring people together. A lifelong teacher, Tori brings a strong and committed voice for collaboration and integrated arts. She holds the MFA in Playwriting from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, and degrees in music education, theatre, and a Master’s in music education from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Tori is an accomplished performer, director, choreographer, writer, musician, and educator. She received the national award for Outstanding Choreography for The Single Girl’s Guide (2014) from the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, and has been selected for various acting, directing, and writing honors through KCACTF Region IV, including merit achievements for Hamlet (directing, sound design), To Kill A Mockingbird (directing), Song for a Soldier (playwriting), and Top 16 Irene Ryan candidate (acting).

She has presented at regional and national festivals and conferences (SETC, COPLAC, AAAES) in the areas of education, theatre, and creative writing, and regularly offers workshops and training for educators.

She is also a singer/songwriter with two original albums released and a third in production. Currently, Tori serves as Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University, where she also heads up the K-12 Theatre Education program and directs the Summer Spotlight program for youth in the performing arts.

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