Nicole Perrone is not very good at keeping still—but that’s probably expected for a theater professor who teaches acting and movement. Now in her sixth year at Marshall University, Perrone is committed to helping students figure out how to bring characters to life. She also continues to act, co-founding the independent theater company The Lunar Strategem in 2011.
Then in 2012, with “a little bit of blind ignorance and enthusiasm,” Perrone and her husband Josh started Sip Wine Bar at Huntington’s Heritage Station. “We love it. We’ve been successful, and we’ve met so many people.” Perrone also organizes “Cinema Under the Stars,” a popular summer outdoor movie series at Heritage Station.
In 2014 she helped start Marshall’s Center for Wellness in the Arts, partnering with the university’s health programs to promote health and wellness among theater, dance, music, and art students. “It’s really an innovative new program, the only one of its kind in the state.”