In Memoriam: Life of Drama Professor To Be Honored Sunday

Steve Warner headshot

Steve Warner used his talents and experience in set design to help not only University drama students, but also members of the community. (Contributed photo)

December 1, 2022

Steven L. Warner, 52, a beloved teacher, mentor and professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama, died Nov. 3 following a short but rapidly deteriorating heart condition.

Warner is survived by his wife, Bri, their son, Alex, and extended family.

Warner’s early career included stints with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, living in a train car while working for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and working for Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas. He joined the Drama Department of UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 2006. On Grounds, he taught courses including “Scenic Technology” and “Art of the Creature” that focused on Hollywood special effects.

Warner also used his talents in the community, by helping outfit children in wheelchairs with elaborate Halloween costumes.

A celebration of Warner’s life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Culbreth Theatre.

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Lorenzo Perez

Senior Writer, Office of the Dean College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences