Dr. Nina LeNoir
Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre
- Moulton Hall 136
- Hollins University, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Master of Fine Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D.
- Nina LeNoir received her MFA in directing and PhD in theatre history/criticism from The University of Texas at Austin. She has BA in chemistry from Hollins College and an AOS degree in acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY.
As a scholar, her dissertation, The Contribution of the Theatrical Past to Performance in the Future, explored early uses of the Internet and World Wide Web as mediums for performances. She has published essays on the topic in two books, Audience Participation: Essays on Inclusion in Performance and Theatre in Cyberspace, and contributed an essay to Bradley University's centennial publication, The University as Learning Community. She has also published on directing and dramaturgy in Theatre Symposium. She has presented papers on a wide variety of topics such as assessment in theatre education, directing pedagogy, mentoring faculty, and the status of women directors in professional theatre.
As an academic administrator, Dr. LeNoir was Interim President of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, and previous to that role, was the Director of Instruction. She served on the faculty of Minnesota State University as Associate Professor and Head of Performance, and as Assistant Professor at Bradley University.
She has been active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), holding several offices: Member at Large-Operations on the Governing Council, Directing Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner, and Graduate Student Representative. She served on the Professional Development Committee, Marketing Committee, Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Conferences. She is currently Vice President for Conference 2010 in Los Angeles.
Dr. LeNoir has been involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF), serving as a respondent to numerous college theatre productions across the Midwest over 10 years. Her work as a respondent was recognized with a KCACTF National Fellowship in Theatre Criticism in 2006. She has served on the Executive Committee for Region III and on the Selection Committee for Region V, and has been an Irene Ryan Acting Competition judge for many festivals in both regions.
She has directed over 50 productions, working professionally in New York, Ohio, Minnesota and Texas, and in educational venues in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and Los Angeles. She has received three Certificates of Merit for Directing from KC/ACTF for The Kentucky Cycle, Parts I and II, The Importance of Being Earnest and Man of La Mancha. She directed several new plays and numerous new play readings, first at UT-Austin, and then with PlayGroundZero, a new play development company she co-founded in Austin, Texas. She has worked with Kinesis Dance Theatre in Texas on a number of dance theatre projects, and directed the Bradley University Centennial Gala.
Before returning to graduate school and beginning her career in higher education, Dr. LeNoir was a professional actress in New York City and Columbus, Ohio, working in stage, film, television and commercials. Among her musical theatre roles are Fastrada in Pippin, Maisie in The Boyfriend, Woman 1 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Mrs. Juniper in The Golden Apple. Non-musical roles include Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals and Nancy in Angel Street. She is a member of AFTRA.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
"Stage Door" by George S. Kaufman. Dir. Nina LeNoir. Waltmar Theatre, Chapman University, March 2013.
"Worlds Within the Words of Elie Wiesel," text selection by Marilyn Harran, arrangement by Jan Osborn and Marilyn Harran. Dir. Nina LeNoir. Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Chapman University, Aug. 18, 2013.
"Excerpts from The Trial of God" by Elie Wiesel, Staged Reading, Waltmar Theatre. Organized and directed reading as part of Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education events, April 16, 2012