194 Ryder Hall

Nancy Kindelan


Dramatic Literature 
Theatre and Society

Nancy Kindelan currently teaches dramatic literature courses. At Northeastern University, she has enjoyed teaching interdisciplinary courses, Honors courses, performance classes, script analysis, 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 is the founding Editor of the new Palgrave Macmillan book series, The Arts in Higher Education. In addition, she writes and speaks widely about how the signature pedagogy of theatre studies encourages transformative lifelong learning through creative thought, research, and practice.

In 2004, Nancy received a Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award; in 2017, she received the John Portz Faculty Excellence Award for her work in the University Honors Program.

Nancy completed a PhD in Dramatic Literature and Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she wrote on the acting theories of Michael Chekhov.

See http://www.northeastern.edu/drancy for more on Northeastern University’s production of Children of Drancy.

Selected Northeastern Productions Directed by Nancy Kindelan

2011: The Long Christmas Ride Home, by Paula Vogel


*2007: Children of Drancy, adapted for the stage from A Montage of Voices by Inez Hedges


2005: A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller


2003: The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project


2001: Hedda Gabbler, by Ibsen


1996: Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel


* world premiere production

Photography by Nora Lindsay and Mark S. Catalano

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