Shimer College

Eileen Powers Buchanan

Buchanan has been a member of the Shimer faculty since 1967. A professional actor since 1970, Buchanan has directed more than 30 theater productions at Shimer.


Professor of Humanities Emeritus

Why Shimer?

To me, the beauty of doing theatre at Shimer lies in presenting great plays which complement our curriculum and, at the same time, affording anyone on campus who wants to work in theatre the chance to do so.


M.A., Theatre (Scene Design),
Northwestern University, 1962

B.S., Theatre (Acting and Directing)
Northwestern University, magna cum laude, 1961

Research Activity

“Antigone: Texts and Contests” a high-school teacher’s Guide supported by the Illinois Humanities Council, 1999

NEH Institute Participant:  “New Perspectives in Classical Antiquity” University of Arizona, 1996

NEH Institute Participant: “Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages” University of Notre Dame, 1995

NEH Institute Participant: “Homer’s Vision of the World”  University of Arizona, 1990

Awards and Honors

Directed more than thirty productions at Shimer College including Antigone, Oedipus the King, the Oresteia, Lysistrata, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabbler, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Awake and Sing, The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie, Our Town, The Lesson, The Bald Soprano, Waiting for Godot.

Directed professional productions including Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Private Lives, Skin of Our Teeth, Scherezade.

Acted in Professional productions including Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Seascape (Nancy), American Dream (Grandma), Hedda Gabbler (Bertha), The Seagull (Polina), Taken in Marriage (Aunt Helen).

Directed Shimer College Workshops in Classical Theatre for high school students, including workshops activities on  Antigone, Oedipus the King, The Bacchae, The Odyssey, The Seagull, Glass Menagerie, Waiting for Godot, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew.