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Theatre Studies
B.A., Mundelein College

Nora Hussey
Director, Wellesley College Theatre; Director, Theatre Studies Program

Engaged in teaching and directing, original works, new scripts and classics. I am involved in the professional future of students.

My theatrical work takes me deeply into the political and social analysis of people and cultures. With students I have explored topics ranging from the political unrest in Northern Ireland, the Vietnam War as experienced on campus to the issues of gender,sexuality and identity facing young adults in the modern world. I take summer writing intensives and routinely bring back the techniques to student original work. My teaching reflects my interest in theatre as a reflection of the society in which it is created. We read and analyse classic plays as well as the most recent play that may be premiering Off Off Broadway. I deeply believe in directing as a career choice for women and encourage my students to develop their skills and confidence in that area.

I teach Directing, Oral interpretation and a survey course called Plays Production and Performance. In all three we read and analyse text as a tool to understanding the creation of theatrical work that is viable and exciting. Because I believe completely in the power of exposing students to a variety of viewpoints I routinely bring guest artists to campus to augment the work of our program. These range from Michael Checkov Acting Intensives to Mask and Combat workshops.

I recently completed a week long intensive on Making the Documentary Film and very much intend to take my work in this direction. To that end I will be making a documentary short with students. It is tentatively titled Are You Listening? and will utilize some of the work created in our original stage production in the spring of 2009. It is intended to be a public service project to be shared with high schools in and around the Boston area.

I love to write and frequently do summer writing intensives. Past projects have included haiku, lyric poetry and one act plays. While I have a slight fear of flying, I love to travel, and my husband and I do so whenever possible. Although born in Ireland one of my favorite places to visit is Provence, and I most recently went cross country on a train to visit my son in Montana. Since he is studying cinematography, it is my fond hope that we will work together on a project in years to come.