Jennifer Ross Nostrala
Department of Theatre Arts, Women's and Gender Studies Program.
Professor Norstrala has been a judge for Latinos Unidos of Iowa since 2007. She has worked with various professors and liaisons around Iowa figuring out the scoring for the Latino Applications. One key reason I serve as a reader for the scholarship applications every year is to honor my parents-in-law, Juanita and James Garcia.
Currently serves as the Chair of the Theatre Arts Department. She has been directing and teaching theatre for over twenty-five years. She teaches the advanced acting and directing courses. She also teaches Script Analysis, Women and Theatre, Vocations and the Performing Arts, and Playwrighting.
A few years ago she created a new May Term course, Agents of Change: Creating Change in the Community Through Performance. This course is designed to help students investigate a contemporary issue and then develop a performance around that issue as a way to create change in the community. Recent offerings of this course have focused on raising awareness on campus on sexual harassment and assault.
2013 Commendation for Directing & Choreography, Lysistrata Jones, KCACTF
2012 Commendation for Devised Work, Alice’s Trip, KCACTF
2010 Iowa Arts Council Grant for Fat Pig
2009 Commendation for Directing, Back Story, KCACTF
2008 Faculty Award for Campus Leadership, Simpson College
2006 Commendation for Directing, One Flea Spare, KCACTF
2003 Distinguished Teacher Award, Simpson College
2001 Iowa Arts Council Grant for travel to LaMama Umbria workshop, Italy; 1998 Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, Simpson College
Dr. Mary Louise Sconiers Chapman
Born in Chancellor, Alabama, in 1948 and has lived in Des Moines for 44 years.
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