Theater Program Director, Associate Professor of Theater

School of the Arts

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Courses

  • Basic Acting
  • Intermediate Acting
  • Advanced Acting I
  • Advanced Acting II
  • Honors Theses: Theater, Playwriting
  • Fundamentals of Teaching Acting

Research

  • Playwriting
  • Acting
  • Meisner, Hagen, Stanislavski
  • Incarcerated women’s perspectives
  • Prison performance and production
  • Theater and social justice

Education

  • BA, Yale University
  • MFA, Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts

Academic Profile

Stacie Lents’ play College Colors premiered at Crossroads Theater in 2016 and will be published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide in 2021. Other plays include Henry’s Law, Laugh out Loud (cry quietly), and Fire Exit, all published by Playscripts, Inc. Some of these plays were first developed for student casts at FDU. Stacie is currently working on a stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel Hag-Seed, a commission from Prison Performing Arts as part of their New Plays Initiative. A previous PPA commission, Run-On Sentence, was nominated for a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding New Play in 2019. Prof. Lents wrote the book and lyrics for Daisy in Disguise, which ran off-Broadway through Vital Theatre Company. Stacie’s plays have been licensed in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Thailand; they have been produced and developed by Jersey City Theater Center, Playwrights Theater of New Jersey, SATE, coLAB Arts, New Brunswick Theater Festival, Mile Square Theatre, StrangeDog Theatre Company, Luna Stage, Horse Trade Theater Group, Project Y, Rutgers University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, among others.

Excerpts from her plays have been anthologized in Contemporary Scenes for Twentysomethings and In Performance: Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women (Teens), published by Applause. Henry’s Law, a play about bullying, was included in Backstage.com’s list of 15 Must-Read Plays for Tweens and Teens. Stacie was selected by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey as one of the four New Jersey Women Playwrights for 2016.  As an actor, Prof. Lents has performed regionally and in New York in plays such as Boleros for the Disenchanted at Florida Studio Theatre and Eugene O’Neill’s Bread and Butter at New York’s Provincetown Playhouse. She originated the role of Joan in the Richard Dresser play 100 Years and the one-woman play Six Hands by the late Eric H. Weinberger.

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