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Nancy Bannon Professorial Lecturer Performing Arts

BFA The Juilliard School

Nancy Bannon, performer/writer/director, has written and directed multiple short films and stage plays including site-specific, interactive and immersive works.

She is a recipient of The 2023 Washington Award and a 2023 Princess Grace Special Projects Grant and was awarded a DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. Nancy was also a recipient of a 2001 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award as well as other prizes, scholarships and grants over the years.

Her work has been recognized by various festivals, contests and labs including New York Stage and Film’s Filmmaker Workshop, Slamdance Film Festival and New York Women In Film and Television. Her short screenplay, "Blood" was published in The Southampton Review.

Nancy was last seen as an actor in Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach in DC and Off-Broadway in Occupied Territories. She is a former professional dancer who toured internationally for over a decade with the companies of Doug Varone, Tere O'Connor and Lar Lubavitch. She's also served as movement director for Romeo and Juliet (w/ Orlando Bloom) on Broadway and Murder Ballad at Studio Theatre (DC).

Nancy is proudly from Youngstown, Ohio.

Faculty: American University, Studio Acting Conservatory, Wyo Theater/Film Festival Filmmakers Workshop
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Spring 2024

  • PERF-170 Theatre Matters

  • PERF-231 Introduction to Acting

  • PERF-457 The Craft & Art of Playwriting

Fall 2024

  • PERF-065 Musical/Theatre Production: Overture

  • PERF-231 Introduction to Acting

  • PERF-457 The Craft & Art of Playwriting