Nicole Stodard, Thinking Cap Theatre
Nicole Stodard, Ph.D., is the founding artistic director of Thinking Cap Theatre, a 501c3, pro- fessional theatre company that holds residence at The Vanguard. Under Stodard’s leadership, TCT has brought innovative, high-caliber, Off- and Off- Off-Broadway style theater to the downtown area for the past decade; you might call it “Off-Bro- ward.” A full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national union for professional directors and choreographers, Stod- ard has directed more than 30 main-stage produc- tions and earned numerous awards including two- time Silver Palm Awards for direction and three New Times “Best Director” awards. Nicole holds a
B.A. in English from Lafayette College; an M.Phil. in Theatre from Trinity College, Dublin; and a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialization in drama from the University of South Florida. Her areas of research and activism include feminist and LGBTQ issues in theatre and stage direction. Her current book project examines the history of women in professional theatre, beginning with Aphra Behn (1640-1689), the first professional (paid) female playwright in the western world. Nicole also has developed youth theatre programming in associ- ation with hospices that help children use drama to cope with loss. Stodard’s powerful reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, within the context of contemporary concerns with dementia, was named one of the Top 10 South Florida Theatre Productions of 2019 by Boca Magazine.
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