Justice von Maur is a current M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University, where she also studied theatre and gender and sexuality studies. Von Maur grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, where she discovered her love for community theatre. After completing her undergraduate degree, von Maur worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as their resident stage manager for education and outreach. During this time, von Maur served as the production stage manager for two seasons with the Thelma Gaylord Academy, working with second through twelfth grade students. During the day, she traveled the state as the program coordinator and stage manager with Lyric Theatre’s Musical Interactive program—a touring performance program that serves over 60,000 students annually. For Musical Interactive’s 2019-20 tour, von Maur wrote an original adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which taught students about literary structure and the importance of storytelling.
Von Maur also served as a teaching artist with the Disney Musicals in Schools program and mentored public school faculty through the process of building sustainable musical theatre programs at their respective schools. In 2019, von Maur was awarded the 30 Under 30 Award from Next Gen, Oklahoma for her contributions to the arts community. While in Oklahoma City, von Maur devised and performed in a one-act play, 3/4 Empty, that premiered in the inaugural Theatre Crude Fringe Festival. She directed two shows for Cimarron Opera, stage managed The Nutcracker for the Central Oklahoma Ballet Company and was trained as a gallery guide for Oklahoma Contemporary. Von Maur is interested in exploring research possibilities in process-driven theatre as practice and its capacity for healing and fostering community.