Professor Emerita, USF School of Theatre and Dance
College of Visual and Performing Arts
"I like to contribute to a variety of things, such as music, art, dance, but the situation that interests me most is that of theatre students because I feel I understand it best.?
"I fell in love with the theatre as a child."
Nancy Cole was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a combination of places, from Washington, D.C., to England, and then Middletown, Ohio. "Because of the size of our community in Ohio, I more or less postponed my real theatre training until I went to University." Nancy attended Indiana University, and then went onto obtain her Master of Fine Arts, the terminal degree for those in the practicing fine arts.
In 1976 she was urged to apply for the Chair of the Theatre Department here at the University of South Florida. Nancy accepted the job and has been involved with USF in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for 30 years. During her time here at USF she has made an impact for students both inside the `classroom? and out. She directed and produced many plays here at USF and in the Tampa community.
Outside the classroom, Nancy dedicates time to raising scholarship funds for students, "theatre students are like any students, they must work in order to go to school, and many times that means a loss of income, vital support, when they fully participate in our program. Our rehearsal periods sometimes last five weeks, six weeks, and we will not employ theatre students to participate because it is a credit instruction program." The supplemental scholarship funds are vital.
For Nancy, the knowledge of the individuals in theatre and of the theatre profession are factors in her decision to make annual contributions to USF. "I like to contribute to a variety of things, such as music, art, dance, but the situation that interests me most is that of theatre students because I feel I understand it best."
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