Professor Emeritus of University Libraries
Areas of Expertise
- MLS Vanderbilt University
- MM George Peabody College
- BA George Peabody College
Nena Couch is Professor and Head of Area Studies and Library Special Collections. Her publications include The Humanities and the Library (co-edited and Performing Arts chapter co-authored with Nancy Allen); "Dance Collections" in Managing Performing Arts Collections in Academic and Public Libraries; Sidney Kingsley: Five Prizewinning Plays (editor and author of introduction); articles on Twyla Tharp and "The Catherine Wheel" in The International Dictionary of Modern Dance; "Western European Renaissance and Baroque Dance" in A Core Collection in Dance; Dance from the Quill (with Karen Eliot, Tim Glenn and A. William Smith); and others. With Karen Eliot (OSU Department of Dance faculty), Ms. Couch adapted Alexander Pope's 1714 poem The Rape of the Lock as a Baroque-style ballet, reconstructing dance notations from the period as well as choreographing in the style. As a performer she has appeared in the United States and Canada, and is a founding member of the Baroque dance troupe Les Menus Plaisirs. Ms. Couch was the 2000 recipient of the Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship for Research in Dance, awarded by the Harvard Theatre Collection. She has served on the Theatre Library Association board, and is the OSU representative to the Dance Heritage Coalition.