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Lee Neibert

USC Upstate
KCACTF Region IV - Festival Host
In his 10th year at USC Upstate, Lee is thrilled to continue in his role as Chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies, and this year was appointed the Director of Theatre. At USC Upstate, Neibert has directed 17 productions including, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, , the musical Spring Awakening, Rumors and  A Raisin in the Sun. He received an Excellence in Directing award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the latter two productions.  Lee has also directed Mud, Almost Maine, and "All About Ives" for the International Youth Arts Festival at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, London.  Lee also directed “The Pursuit of U.S.”, a devised piece of theatre, which was honored as one of the top five Best of Fest productions at the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival. Additionally, “The Pursuit of U.S.” was one of seven invited productions to be showcased at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Charleston, SC in February 2016. Lee received his B.A. in English from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and worked professionally at Allenberry Playhouse before entering the graduate theatre program at Oklahoma State University. He received his M.A. in theatre from OSU and taught for 10 years at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OKIn 2007, Lee left SGU to pursue his MFA in Directing at the University of Oklahoma, where he directed 5 shows, including The Three Musketeers on the OU mainstage. Lee’s thesis research focused on African American playwright Amiri Baraka and was titled “Preparing for Revolution: A Director’s Guide to Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman”. Lee was honored to teach acting classes for the BFA majors at OU, and assisted in coordinating Irene Ryan and production entries for KCACTF. Lee also received the Harry Hoelscher Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in 2008 and the Rupel J. Jones Excellence in Directing award in 2009. This year marks Lee’s 22th year in collegiate educational theatre and he has former students working professionally in New York, Chicago, and L.A.