Ronda Rice Winderl, MA, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Communication and Theatre
  • Director of London Semester Program
  • Phone: (619) 849-2687
  • Phone: For office hours and appointments please call the department assistant at (619) 849-2605.

Education

  • Ph.D. New York University New York, NY
  • M.A. Emerson College Boston, MA
  • B.A. Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL

Background

Ronda Rice Winderl studied directing and theatre history at New York University and at Emerson College in Boston. Dr. Winderl founded the Communication Arts Department and the Theatre Program at Eastern Nazarene College where she directed and/or produced 94 productions over 26 seasons and developed an extensive educational resource program for school audiences. She worked with Stephen Schwartz in the development process of the musical
Children of Eden (book by John Caird) and both directed and choreographed its non-commercial US premiere in Boston. Dr. Winderl was nominated as Best Director in 1999 by the Independent Reviewers of New England (the only academic theatre nominee), and received the Faculty Professional Achievement award at ENC that year. She spent sabbaticals studying at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and a year researching and teaching theatre in Japan, and in 2002 and 2003 was appointed as a Visiting Scholar to China. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from New York University and an MA in directing from Emerson College

Dr. Winderl is the Director of the PLNU London semester program which immerses students in British Culture during alternate Fall semesters (‘06, ‘08, ‘10, etc.) She and her husband Dr. Carl Winderl have traveled extensively, circumnavigated the Globe with students as Faculty on Semester at Sea, and have organized theatre/literature study trips (primarily in Great Britain) for over 300 students. Most recently at PLNU Dr. Winderl directed the West Coast University premiere of the Broadway musical Little Women, Urinetown-the Musical!, The Fantasticks, the Kaufman and Hart comedy You Can’t Take It With You, the musical My Fair Lady, and the sequel to the widely produced interactive musical Smoke on the Mountain which adds to the title, Homecoming!