Felicia Hardison Londré, Honorary Co-Founder
She earned her B.A. in French at the University of Montana (1998 Distinguished Alumna Award), her M.A. in Romance Languages at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Londré has taught at UMKC since 1978, with visiting professorships at Hosei University, Tokyo; Marquette University, Milwaukee; and lecture tours to universities in Hungary and France, including the Sorbonne. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the American theatre (Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.) in 1998 and to the National Theatre Conference in 2001. In 2001 she received the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education award presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She was the founding secretary of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. She often lectures on the Shakespeare authorship question and on Kansas City theatre history. Among Felicia Londré’s fourteen books are Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), which includes some of her program essays for Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Her most important book is The Enchanted Years of the Stage: Kansas City at the Crossroads of American Theater, 1870-1929 (University of Missouri Press, 2007, 83 illustrations), which every Kansas Citian needs to read. It was awarded the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award at Lincoln Center in New York and Jackson County Historical Society’s Education Award.