Our Faculty

Study with Professional Artists

At George Mason University, you'll learn from dedicated artist-teachers who practice what they teach–performing, exhibiting, and working at renowned venues and companies across the region, the nation, and the world.

Ed Gero, School of Theater professor and actor
Edward Gero at Shakespeare Theatre Company

In early 2024, renowned actor and long-time School of Theater professor, Edward Gero, was one of three men cast in The Lehman Trilogy at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., where he has been a company member since 1983. A veteran of the Washington theatre community, Ed is a four-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Award.


Professor Edward Gero’s journey exemplifies the exceptional blend of academic excellence and active industry involvement that is the hallmark of teaching in George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Nikyatu Jusu on set of film Nanny
A Winner at Sundance Film Festival

Professor Nikyatu Jusu (Film and Video Studies program) on set of her film Nanny. The film screened at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and won the US Grand Jury prize. Prof. Jusu's film was further honored by being called one of the 75 greatest movies by Black directors, in a February 2023 Slate magazine story called The New Black Canon.

Our faculty are professional artists who understand the field. These experts will mentor you and guide you on your artistic journey. Your creative path is yours, but you won't walk it alone. Through individualized instruction, career mentoring, and collaborative work, our George Mason professors will help you hone your craft and prepare for a successful life in the arts.

College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty:

Andy Yoder
Andy Yoder Goes 'Overboard.'

In 2020, School of Art professor Andy Yoder created an exhibition called Overboard, consisting of more than 240 sculptural replicas of size 13 Air Jordan 5 shoes that have been handmade from found consumer packaging. The installation is a response to a 1990 incident wherein a container ship en route from Korea to the United States encountered a storm, and subsequently spilled 61,820 Nikes directly into the Pacific Ocean.