Associate Professor, Acting & Musical Theatre
Associate Director for the School of Theatre & Dance
Head of Performance
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 also serves as Associate Director of the School and Head of Performance. In the latter, he oversees Performance degree programs (MFA and BFA in Acting, BFA in Musical Theatre) as well as the performance area needs in regard to Production (Main Stage, Lab Theatre, workshops and showcases).
As a Main Stage director for the School of Theatre & Dance, Lee has helmed past production such as The Pirates of Penzance, Noises Off, Arabian Nights, Seminar, Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor, The Crucible, Guys and Dolls, The World Goes ‘Round and Urinetown: The Musical. From 2008-2012 and in 2014, Lee was production director and an instructor for Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He has directed productions for theatres and universities including West Virginia Public Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Mountain State Repertory Theatre and St. John’s University/College of Saint Benedict.
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 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.