Associate Director of the School of Theatre & Dance
Associate Professor, Acting | Area Coordinator for Performance
MFA – University of Florida
BS – Middle Tennessee State University
Actors’ Equity Association
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Associate Member)
Lee Blair is an actor, director and teacher who has been with West Virginia University since 2006. Teaching undergraduate and graduate acting, his work in the classroom is Stanislavski-based training with emphases in comedy, musical theatre and audition techniques. Lee has also served as Program Director of Undergraduate Acting for the past four years.
As a director for the School of Theatre & Dance, Lee has helmed past productions such as Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor, The Crucible, Guys and Dolls, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teen-Age Blockhead, The World Goes ‘Round, and Urinetown: The Musical. He has directed productions such as Sugar Bean Sisters, The Heidi Chronicles and Putting It Together for theatres including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, St. John’s University/College of Saint Benedict and Mountain State Repertory Theatre. From 2018-2012 and 2014, Lee has been the production director for Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. His most recent work with TN GSFTA was his adaptation of three Shakespearean comedies into one entitled As You Like the Comedy of Twelfth Night Errors.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Florida with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Lee’s career as an actor has included professional works off and off-off Broadway as well as regionally for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the New York International Fringe Festival, Emelin Theatre, Hippodrome State Theatre, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre and West Virginia Public Theatre. A member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996, Lee also served in 2005 as a business representative for Developing Theatre in AEA’s Eastern Division.
A native of Tennessee, Lee also has a B.S. in Radio-Television Production with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.