Educational Theatre Faculty: Nancy Smithner


Dr. Nancy Smithner (Teacher) B.S. 1976, Antioch College; Ph.D. 2002 New York University: is a performer and director who has taught nationally and internationally at many venues such as Playwrights Horizons, Circle in the Square Theatre School,
Movement Research, the New York Dance Intensive, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea. At NYU she has directed The Eumenides, by Aeschylus, Mad Forest, by Caryl Churchill, Vaclav Havel's The Memorandum, as well as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. A chapter from her dissertation, "Directing the Acting Ensemble: Anne Bogart, Elizabeth LeCompte and Meredith Monk" was published by The Drama Review in 2005.

Dr. Smithner chaired the 2009 forum in the Program in Educational Theatre, "Theatre Pedagogy: Teaching the Art Form."  She received the Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of
Music and Performing Arts Professions. An applied theatre practitioner, she teaches in prisons and is also member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, performing for children in pediatric settings. Research interests include experimental and physical theatre, feminist theory, styles of acting and directing, devising of original works, and integrated arts.