Ronda Rice Winderl, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication and Theatre

Dr. Ronda Winderl came to PLNU in 2002. She is the director of the PLNU London semester program, which immerses students in British culture during alternate fall semesters (2006, 2008, 2010, 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, 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!


  • Ph.D., Educational Theatre, concentration in directing and musical theatre, New York University
  • M.A., Theatre, concentration in directing, Emerson College
  • B.A., Speech and Drama, Olivet Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Human Communication – COM 100
  • Introduction to Theatre – TRE 101
  • Voice and Diction – TRE 250
  • The British Experience (Cultural Anthropology - Great Britain) – OCP 299 (London Study Abroad Program)
  • Theatre History – TRE 304
  • Musical Theatre – TRE 350
  • Acting II – TRE 370
  • Shakespeare –  LIT 461 (London Study Abroad Program)

Experience in Field

  • 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
  • Worked with Stephen Schwartz in the development process of the musical Children of Eden (book by John Caird) and directed and choreographed its non-commercial U.S. premiere in Boston
  • 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
  • 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

Awards and Honors

  • Visiting Scholar Fellowships to People’s Republic of China, 2002 and 2003
  •  Faculty Professional Achievement Award, ENC, 1999
  •  Best Director Nomination, Independent Reviewers of New England, 1998 – 1999 (the only academic theatre director nominated)
  • Outstanding Young Women of America
  • Quincy Arts Council Trustee
  •  Notable Community Leaders of America
  •  Tenure awarded, May 1987 and March 2008
  •   World Who’s Who of Women
  •  Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: New York Professional Productions Depicting the Gospel, 1970-1982
  • Dissertation involved extensive interviewing and oral history techniques combined with traditional research.