Joyce E. Henry, professor emerita of Theatre and Communication Studies at Ursinus College, actress, director, writer, and editor died yesterday at her home in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Her books and editing work included Beat the Bard: What’s Your Shakespeare IQ?, The Wisdom of William Shakespeare, One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century, One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century, and Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. Henry earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and her master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Also a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, she worked as an actor, theatre manager, and television moderator for a number of years before joining the English department faculty of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. As director of the theater program, she mounted more than a dozen Shakespeare productions, as well as A Matter of Conscience, her own play based on the life of Fanny Kemble. For the Pennsylvania Humanities Council she performed “Shakespeare’s Women.”
From Rebecca Dunn Jaroff.