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Lee Neibert
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Lee Neibert

Contact Information:

Phone: (864) 503-5987
Email: lneibert@uscupstate.edu
Office: HPAC 131
M.F.A. University of Oklahoma, Directing
M.A. Oklahoma State University
B.A. Shippensburg University



  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • Audition Techniques


Entering his 7th year at USC Upstate, Lee is excited to be stepping into the role of Chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies. At USC Upstate, Neibert has directed 14 productions including, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the musical Spring Awakening, Rumors and A Raisin in the Sun. He received an Excellence in Directing award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the latter two productions. Lee also had the great opportunity to play Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Spartanburg Little Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center, and he directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Spartanburg Little Theatre in March 2015. Lee has also directed Mud, Almost Maine and All About Ives for the International Youth Arts Festival at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, London. Last summer, Lee directed “The Pursuit of U.S.,” a devised piece of theatre, which was honored as one of the top five Best of Fest productions at the 2015 International Youth Arts Festival. Additionally, “The Pursuit of U.S.” was one of seven invited productions to be showcased at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Charleston, South Carolina in February 2016. Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Lee also serves on the Advisory/Selection Board and the Coordinator of Devised Theatre Project for the Region IV KCACTF. This year marks Lee’s 20th year in collegiate educational theatre and he has former students working professionally in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and worked professionally at Allenberry Playhouse before entering the graduate theatre program at Oklahoma State University. He received his Master of Arts in theatre from OSU and taught for 10 years at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK. During this time, Lee achieved the rank of Assistant Professor, and served the university as the Director of Theatre and Co-Chair of the Humanities Division (Fine Arts). The Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communications Association recognized Lee as the Ruth Arrington Outstanding College Theatre Educator in 2000. Also, Lee served as the Oklahoma Chair on the Regional Committee for Region VI of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. At SGU Lee directed over 20 productions and appeared in professional productions of King Lear and The Philadelphia Story in Oklahoma City. In 2007, Lee left SGU to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Oklahoma, where he directed five shows, including The Three Musketeers on the OU mainstage. Lee’s thesis research focused on African American playwright Amiri Baraka and was titled “Preparing for Revolution: A Director’s Guide to Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman.” Lee was honored to teach acting classes for the Bachelor of Fine Arts majors at OU, and assisted in coordinating Irene Ryan and production entries for KCACTF. Lee also received the Harry Hoelscher Award for Outstanding Graduate Students in 2008 and the Rupel J. Jones Excellence in Directing award in 2009.

Neibert looks forward to another exciting year with USC Upstate and is ever thankful to his beautiful wife Deana for her love, her laughter and her constant support.

Shoestring Players BW 

Announcing the Shoestring Players
2016 - 2017 Season

Compleat Female Stage Beauty
By: Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates:September 29 –
October 1, 2016, 8 p.m.  
October 2, 2016, 3 p.m.

August 22, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.

Don't Drink the Water
By: Woody Allen
Directed by: Rich Robinson
Dates: November 10 – 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
November 13, 2016, 3 p.m.

October 3, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Bluest Eye
Adaptation by: Lydia R. Diamond
Novel by: Toni Morrison
Directed by: Lee Neibert
Dates: February 23 – 25, 2017, 8 p.m.
February 26, 2017, 3 p.m.

January 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates: April 6 – 8, 2017, 8 p.m.
April 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

January 24, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Golden Shoe Awards Show
Date: April 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies
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800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5844
Fax: 864-503-5814
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