lworley@naropa.edu | 303-546-3523

Professor, Performance
Core Faculty


BA in Early Childhood Education
BA in Traditional Eastern Arts
BFA in Performance
MA in Contemplative Education


MA, Naropa University
BA, Mount Holyoke College

Areas of Specialization:

  • Theater: voice, acting, directing
  • Mudra Space Awareness Training
  • Contemplative Education
  • Buddhist meditation and study

Lee Worley is a founding faculty member of the Naropa community, teaching in the School of  Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also a meditation instructor and practice mentor.

Lee founded the Theatre Studies program at Naropa in 1974, and has since developed contemplative exercises for arts in education and contemplative education programs. She taught theater at a Buddhist-inspired middle school in Boulder for many years. Lee is one of a very few holders of the Mudra Space Awareness lineage—a performance training derived from Tibetan Yoga. In addition, she is a founding member, actress, and teacher in Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater and a senior student of Tibetan Buddhism. Her recent book, Coming from Nothing: The Sacred Art of Acting, outlines her contemplative acting method. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Nothing-Sacred-Art-Acting/dp/0970670400