Valerie Hager is a "not to be missed" (NoHo LA) actor, solo show writer, improviser, and movement artist. She has appeared in film and TV including Warner Brothers' The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais, Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel's Guilty or Innocent, and the award-winning short film The Harshest Place.
Her theatrical performances include Dracula at Symphony Space, The Ensemble Workshop at LAByrinth Theater, Meet the Lady at 92Y, and many others.
Valerie’s third solo show, Naked In Alaska, has been accepted into numerous theatre festivals including Women at Work, EstroGenius, Dixon Place Performance Series, Chicago Fringe, and The New York International Fringe Festival. Naked In Alaska recently won Best Solo Show in FringeNYC 2013, Audience favorite in the Chicago Fringe, and performed as run Special Engagement in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently, Naked In Alaska is performing a four-week run at The COW in NYC.
Valerie has studied dramatic acting with Ivana Chubbuck, Tony Greco, Karen Kohlhaas, Seth Barrish, of The Atlantic Theater Company, and Cinda Jackson of The Loft Studio. She is a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Ensemble Master Class. She has studied dramatic writing in Jack Grapes's Method Writing Workshops, Cullen Thomas's Advanced Memoir Writing Workshop, and Matt Hoverman's Create Your Own Solo Show Workshops.
Adept at comedy as much as drama, Valerie has studied improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB), The People's Improv Theatre (PIT), and Second City. She is a graduate of Bang. Comedy Theatre's five-level improv program and has performed in Los Angeles with her improv group George.
Valerie began performing as a child alongside her father, mime artist Jerry Hager, as his silent sidekick Punky the Clown. Her earliest training came from her father in the form of mime, movement, and the art of physical storytelling. Later, she continued to train in mime and movement under Rick Wamer at The School for Mime at Kenyon College and Lorin Salm at Mime Theatre Studio.
An improv, acting, and creative movement teacher in Los Angeles and New York, Valerie teaches for renowned arts and outreach organizations including Lifetime Arts, Wingspan Arts, and Elders Share the Arts. She earned her teaching artist certifications from New York City's Community-Word Project and the Mark DeGarmo Teaching Artist Institute. Valerie lives New York City.