Nanci Carol Ruby (MFA, AEA) holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance from The Theatre School of DePaul University (formerly know as the Goodman School of Drama.) Teaching at Chapman since 2015, she has also taught at DePaul’s Theatre School, California State University Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University and Northeastern Illinois University. She has performed on many stages including The American Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre, Light Opera Works, The Blackstone Theatre, Footsteps Theatre, Centerlight Theatre for the Deaf, The Kentucky Opera and Lexington Shakespeare in the Park.
Nanci Carol is co-director with John Badham, of the BFA Senior Showcase for Chapman University Theatre & Dodge School of Film. Her class offerings at Chapman include Senior Showcase, Character Building, Acting Fundamentals, Acting Styles and Introduction to Theatre. She is a private vocal music teacher and an agent-recommend on-camera coach. Her students have graced stages from regional theatres to Broadway and appeared in independent films and studio features.
Nanci Carol Ruby’s research focus is on the power of vocal freedom and its implication in psychological health. With Dr. James Ruby of California State University, Fullerton, she co-authored Improvisational Acting Exercises and Their Potential Use in Family Counseling published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. She is presently engaged in data gathering for a research study on the impact of new curriculum that is being presented at California State University, Fullerton. This new curriculum incorporates the impact of acting and vocal training on psychological health.