Faculty & Staff

Nancy Taylor Porter

Nancy Taylor Porter

Professor of Theatre
McGaw Fine Arts Center, Room 103
Research Interests
Women and violence; Shakespeare; improv theatre
Tufts University | Ph.D.
University of Louisville | M.A.
Guilford College | B.A.

Nancy is a veteran of training programs at Shakespeare and Company, Actors Movement Studio, iO Theatre (formerly improv Olympic), and The Second City, who has directed over 25 productions. Some of her favorites have been Romeo and Juliet, Children of a Lesser God, Bonnie & Clyde, Richard III, and Angels in America. She teaches a wide range of courses, from Acting to Shakespeare's Theatre to Directing, a variety she enjoys, and she also coaches the IC long-form improv troupe, Lincoln's Security Detail (LSD). Creating theatre with talented actors is one of her favorite things to do in life. A singer, actor, and dancer, Nancy performs in and directs at theatres in the area. In addition, she has published two books: Women Direct Shakespeare in America and Violent Women in Contemporary Theatres. She has also been published in Women's Studies, Theatre Journal, and Shakespearean Criticism.

What Students Say
Nancy Taylor Porter knows the world of theatre very well. She has prepared all of her students on what to expect and how to approach the professional world.
Nancy's office has always been open to me if I need someone to talk to.