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Neel Mcneill

UChicago Obama Scholars 2021-2022


Executive Director, Definition Theatre





Neel McNeill is the executive director with Definition Theatre and the Managing Director of Theater & Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. Definition Theatre expands perspectives, stewards resources, and bridges the immense possibility found at the intersection of art, innovation, and education through sharing stories created with, inspired by, and intended for people of our community. Currently, Neel is working to build a permanent space for the theater in Woodlawn.

As a graduate of Howard University in Theatre Arts Administration, Neel was named by American Theater Magazine as a “Theatre Worker to Know.” She also participated in the 2018 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Neel is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice.