Meadows School of the Arts 2021
Rhonda Blair, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, joined SMU in 1995. She earned a B.A. at the University of Nevada and three degrees from the University of Kansas, including two M.A.s and a Ph.D. Her expertise includes applications of cognitive science to acting, directing and text; Chekhov; and politics and feminism related to theatre and performance. In addition to directing and performing in more than 70 productions, she has presented keynote talks and papers at more than 100 conferences and symposia worldwide. Professor Blair is the author or editor of several books on theatre and cognition, as well as numerous articles and reviews for scholarly publications. At SMU, she has chaired the Division of Theatre, served as president of the SMU Faculty Senate and worked on dozens of committees. Her honors include the SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award and the American Society for Theatre Research Distinguished Scholar Award. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. At SMU, she was awarded a Ford Faculty Research Fellowship and multiple University Research Council grants. She retires as professor emerita of theatre.