Valerie Hernandez

Valerie Hernandez '06
ValerieHernandezValerie Hernandez first graced the Machugh Theatre stage her freshman year in a 2002 production of “Chicago”.  Throughout her undergraduate career, Valerie became a standout performer, director, and playwright in 15 plays and musicals.  She also showcased her talents as a member of school music ensembles and as editor for the school newspaper.

Upon graduation, Valerie remained an integral part of Quincy University theatre where she now works as a dramaturg and playwright for QU productions.  With responsibilities including directing, promoting, researching, casting, and writing, Valerie describes herself as an “independent creative contractor of sorts”.  In total, QU’s theatre department has produced seven of Valerie’s plays.  She recently collaborated with QU senior music major LaRon Grant on an original musical entitled “Booth”; a bizarre love story about John Wilkes Booth and fiancée Lucy Lambert Hale.

While an established writer, producer, and director, Valerie still finds time to showcase her acting talents.  She is a regular performer in community theatre productions and recently debuted an acting troupe with fellow QU alumna Bridget Quinlivan ‘08 entitled “Square Peg Troupe”.

Valerie spends her free time traveling and seeing as many plays and musicals as she can.  She says these experiences help her develop new storytelling ideas and techniques in theatre.  “I am a storyteller at heart, so the theatre is a natural place for me” Valerie says.  “Theatre isn’t just a job to me, happily, it is a career, and it is my life.”

(Originally published in March 2012 QUniverse)