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playwright , Theater educator

Norman J. Fedder, American theater educator, playwright. Registered drama therapist; board certified trainer. Named Distinguished Professor, 1989; named to Kansas Theatre Hall of Fame, 1990; recipient William L. Stamey Teaching award, 1988, Distinguished Service award, Kansas Board Education, 1998, Diversity award, National Association for Drama Therapy, 2001, Gertrud Schattner award, 2007.


Fedder, Norman Joseph was born on January 26, 1934 in New York City. Son of Abraham Herbert Fedder and Harriet Dorothy (Solomon) Ornstein.


Student, Johns Hopkins University, 1952. Bachelor, City University of New York, Brooklyn, 1955. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1956.

Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1962.


Assistant Professor of English, Trenton (New Jersey) State College, 1960-1961;associate Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1961-1964;associate Professor of English, Florida Atlantic U., Boca Raton, 1964-1967;associate professor drama, U. Arizona, Tucson, 1967-1970;distinguished professor theatre, Kansas State University, Manhattan, since 1970. Stage director K-State Players, Kansas State University, Manhattan, since 1970. Founder, playwright, director, actor TOV: Theatre of Values, since 1978.

Free-lance creative drama specialist, leader workshops throughout country, since 1975;director Israel Theatre Program, since 1995.


  • Registered drama therapist. Board certified trainer.



President Manhattan Jewish Congregation, 1988. Member Coalition for Advancement Jewish Education (coordinator drama network 1988-1996), National Association Drama Therapy (president Midwest region 1990-1994), Association Kansas Theatre, Council Jewish Theatres, Association Theatre in Higher Education (chair religion and theatre program 1975-1980), Dramatists Guild, American College Theatre Festival (regional chair playwriting 1989).


  • Other Interests

    Writing, walking, acting.


Married Deborah Pincus, November 24, 1955. Children: Jordan Michael, Tamar Beth Fedder Katz.

Abraham Herbert Fedder

Harriet Dorothy (Solomon) Fedder

Deborah Pincus

Jordan Michael Fedder

Tamar Beth Fedder Katz Fedder