B.A. English, Louisiana State University, 1972 M.A. Drama, New York University, 1975 Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University, 1980
Lenora Champagne is a playwright, performer, and director. From 1993-2000, she was a member playwright at New Dramatists. She has received numerous fellowships, awards, and commissions from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony. She edited and contributed to Out From Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists (Theatre Communications Group, 1990) and has been published by Smith and Kraus, Performing Arts Journal, and The Iowa Review. She is Professor and Coordinator of Theatre and Performance at Purchase College, and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Her play, TRACES/fades is published in Plays and Playwrights 2009 and her essay on theatrical adaptations of The Scarlet Letter is published in Sharon Freidman's Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works. Her newest book is New World Plays (No Passport Press, 2015).
Teaching and Research Interests
performance art; directing; playwriting; creative writing; theatre history; women and performance
Along with the composer Daniel Levy, Lenora Champagne co-wrote the libretto and lyrics forThe Singing, a cyberspace opera, which was was published in Epic Plays II, by No Passport Press (2018).
Champagne received a grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/ NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs to present her solo piece Traps, in public spaces and community centers in 2017.
Champagne performed an excerpt from her new work, Traps, at The Chocolate Factory Theater in the performance development series, THROW, curated by Sarah Maxfield. She performed in the US premiere of Fernando Rubio's Everything By My Side, in the "Crossing the Line" festival, produced by PS122 and the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. The show was featured in the New York Timesas well as on WNYC. She performed in the work in July 2015 in its production at Bard College. Champagne performed in a reading of Khadijah Queen's play, Non-Sequitur, the prize-winning play of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, directed by Fiona Templeton, at Manhattan's New Ohio Theatre.