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Nancy Kindelan

Professor Emerita

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).

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Education

  • PhD in Dramatic Literature and Criticism, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dissertation: “The Theatre of Inspiration: A Critical Analysis of the Acting Theories of Michael Chekhov.”
  • B.F.A. in Performance, Kent State University

Awards

  • John Portz Faculty Excellence Award, for contributions and efforts on behalf of the Northeastern University Honors Program (2017)
  • Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award (2004)
  • Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary Liberal Education, Special Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (2013).

Professional Experience

  • Writes about and speaks to colleges and universities regarding how the signature pedagogy of theatre studies encourages transformative lifelong learning through creative thought, research, and practice.
  • Includes freelance Theatre Directing and work as a Dramaturg/Literary Manager

Courses Taught

  • From Script to Stage (Script Analysis)
  • Theatre and Society
  • Creative Storytelling for Social Engagement
  • Women in Theatre
  • Seeing Theatre with an Enlightened Eye
  • American Theatre and Politics: A Delicate Balance
  • Theatre/Modernism
  • Exploring Humanities through Film
  • Acting

Research/Publications Highlights

• Founding Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series, The Arts in Higher Education (2014-present) See CV for more information regarding book titles.

 

• Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary Liberal Education. Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

 

• Shadows of Realism. Dramaturgy and the Theories and Practices of Modernism. Greenwood Publishing (1996)

 

• “Creative Storytelling, Crossing Boundaries, High-Impact Learning, and Social Engagement.” In Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science. Eds. Bruce McConachie and Rick Kemp. (Forthcoming, Routledge, 2018)

 

• “Research Strategies in Theatre Studies.” In Course-based Research: Providing Opportunities for All Students to Learn through Undergraduate Research. Ed. Nancy Hensel. (Forthcoming, Stylus, 2018)

 

Professional Affiliations

• Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

• American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

• Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

 

Research Interests

  • High-Impact Educational Practices and the Arts (Theatre Studies)
  • Higher Education and the Role of the Arts (Theatre Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary connections across the university
  • Metacognitive strategies and 21st century learning (Theatre Studies)
  • Theatre Studies and Social Change