Theatre professor says farewell to University

February 21, 2007

Richard A. Nichols, professor emeritus of theatre, has retired after 17 years at Penn State.

Nichols' accomplishments span the classroom, the stage and an international field of research and publication. He is a widely known teacher of the Alexander Technique, which aligns the body and physically centers the actor in preparation for taking on the life of the scripted character. He also has taught acting, movement, introduction to graduate research, Asian theatre and Western dramatic literature. Nichols has directed more than 60 stage productions and continues to direct and act in University Resident Theatre Company and Pennsylvania Centre Stage productions. In addition, his international reputation continues to expand as a scholar and practicing artist of the Korean theatrical tradition. He recently served as a Fulbright visiting professor at the Korean National University of the Arts and Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea's oldest), and adjunct professor at Korea University in Seoul.

Nichols, a recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006, received his bachelor of arts from Michigan State University, his master of fine arts from Ohio University and a doctoral degree from the University of Washington. He taught at Clemson University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, DePaul University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Eastern New Mexico University, Ohio State University and Hiram College before joining the Penn State faculty.

Following his retirement, he and his wife, Sharleen, will be going on their first cruise and hope to revisit Australia if he is teaching in South Korea. He also will focus on the completion of a large anthology of modern Korean plays.

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