Dr. Nina LeNoir joined the Provost’s office as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in June 2015. She is responsible for general education, freshman foundation courses, academic advising, the Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center, undergraduate research, and the Promising Futures program for first generation students. Prior to her work in the Provost's office, she served as Chair for the Department of Theatre for six years.
Dr. 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 teacher, she has taught acting, directing, theatre history, dramatic literature and intro to theatre, as well as other topics. She teaches in the First-year Foundations Program at Chapman, where she has offers classes in “Woman and Theatre” and “Drama and Diversity.” She was a regular instructor in the honors program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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: Treasurer; Vice President for Conference 2011; Member at Large-Operations on the Governing Council; and 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.
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 was selected as one of the 2011 Excellence in Theatre Education Award recipients from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region VIII.
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 SAG-AFTRA.