Department of Theatre

Lenore Shanewise Memorial Scholarship



Lenore Shanewise was a distinguished graduate of the Iowa State Normal School class of 1909. Two years later, she received her Master's degree from the University of Chicago, and while there was honored to have been elected to the prestigious Dramatic Club. A few years after beginning her professional career, an opportunity arose for Ms. Shanewise to return to Cedar Falls to serve as a faculty member in the English department, where she worked alongside Bertha Martin to direct many highly acclaimed productions. She was an adored and respected teacher of dramatic arts.

She helped Hazel Strayer to found Theta Alpha Phi and the theatre program on campus; she moved on from the Iowa State Teacher's College (the name changed in 1909) in the early 1920's to spend the remainder of her career in Los Angeles, California. The Pasadena Community Playhouse would be the center of Ms. Shanewise's professional career for over 40 years. She found great success in Hollywood as a talented director and actor on stage, in movies, and on television.

2016-17 Lenore Shanewise Memorial Scholarship Recipient:

Roni Ruzicka