Nancy Kindelan currently teaches courses in dramatic literature, script analysis, and theatre as social engagement. At Northeastern University, she has enjoyed teaching interdisciplinary courses, Honors courses, performance classes, and directing plays. Prior to Northeastern University, she taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and acting courses at Dartmouth College where she directed plays at the Hopkins Center.
She also has taught and directed at other colleges and universities and directed at professional theatres throughout the New England area. She has directed over 40 productions during her career, including A View from the Bridge, The Seagull, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Our Town, A Doll House, The Laramie Project, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Fool for Love, The Imaginary Invalid, Machinal, “Master Harold”…and the boys, West Side Story, and King Ubu. She directed the premiere productions of Children of Drancy and First Night.
Nancy published Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary Liberal Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Shadows of Realism: Dramaturgy and the Theories and Practices of Modernism (Greenwood and Praeger, 1996). Her essays have appeared in journals and books such as Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, American Theatre Companies, Liberal Education, The Journal of General Education, and Experiential Education: Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom, as well as other publications. She has presented papers throughout the US and, most recently, in Budapest.
Her book Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary Liberal Education, received a Special Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 2013.
She received the John Portz Faculty Excellence Award, for contributions and efforts on behalf of the Northeastern University Honors Program (2017), and the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award (2004).