Dr. N. J. Stanley
Theatre: Associate Professor, Chair
Womens and Gender Studies: Program Coordinator
Dr. Stanley teaches courses in acting, directing, theatre history, and dramatic literature. In addition to her teaching, she is also a stage director, having directed plays at colleges and universities across the United States. She has directed over 45 plays and lists these among her favorites: American Buffalo and The Women at Central Michigan University, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and The Visit at Agnes Scott College, Macbeth and How I Learned to Drive at Franklin and Marshall College, and Machinal and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches here at Lycoming. She has also directed professionally at summer stock, regional theatre, and Off Off Broadway.
Dr. Stanley's areas of research interest include the role of women in American theatre; contemporary American theatre and drama; and performance theory and practice. Dr. Stanley's publications include essays in The Drama Review; Staging a Cultural Paradigm: The Political and the Personal in American Drama; Women in World History; and Notable Women in the American Theatre.
In the mid-1990s, she worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA, while The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules were in production. "It's amazing," she says, "how similar the process of creating theatre is to making an animated feature film."
For more information on Dr. N. J. Stanley see her curriculum vitae.