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Bio in the third person, because it’s more pretentious that way:
Originally from Bathurst, New-Brunswick, Nancy has called Ottawa home for more than a dozen years before recently settling in Toronto. Growing up in a linguistically dual environment (yup, she’s French!) strongly influenced her views of the world and her decision to move to the Nation’s Capital in 1999. She is a dog person who secretly masquerades as a cat person, tries to be gluten free but cheats an awful lot, reads the first half of books without ever getting to the end, likes trains better than planes, and will probably cook you dinner if you come over to visit. As an Acadian girl, chances are she can also drink you under the table.
For the past few years, she has been commenting on life as an artist on her blog, So You Want To Be An Actor, and its new incarnation, So You Want To Be An Actor (Redux). In her spare time, she can be found on the internet.
She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she received a B.A. Honours in Theatre with two additional concentrations in Political Science and Canadian Studies. Fully involved in campus life, she established the First Annual University of Ottawa Arts Week, which received national recognition in 2004-2005 by Maclean’s Magazine as one of their “Best Bets.” A versatile individual with a passion for learning, Nancy also completed a Certificate in Conventions and Meeting Management, through Algonquin College. She now takes acting classes on a regular basis.
As a child, Nancy constantly received praise for her public speaking voice and was eventually encouraged by her teachers to try theatre. She’s been hooked ever since.
You can now check out her acting resume and profile online thanks to the casting workbook.
Though she has been actively blogging for many years, Nancy only recently delved into the world of playwriting. She wrote a 10 minute play entitled Buds, which received an honorable mention from the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto and was first staged in Kitchener-Waterloo for She Speaks, a festival celebrating women’s voices. Buds continu presented in Singapore as part of the Short + Sweet Festival and mounted in Fullerton, California by the Hunger Artists Theatre Company as part of their one-act festival. Her next short piece, Blind Date, premiered once again in Kitchener-Waterloo through the Asphalt Jungle Shorts, a site-specific festival of short plays. More recently, Nancy wrote a one-woman show entitled Roller Derby Saved My Soul, for which she received a grant from the City of Ottawa to complete, and presented it to much acclaim at the Ottawa and Hamilton Fringe Festivals. The show received rave reviews, enjoyed sold-out houses and won many awards, including Best in Fest and Best in Venue. Currently, she is translating an American play from English into French.
Nancy is a founding member of Evolution Theatre and previously served as the company’s Director of Communications and member of the Board ofDirectors. The company received critical recognition for its work through such associations as the Rideau Awards and the Capital Critics Circle. Alvina Ruprecht, formerly with CBC Radio1, called the company “an important contribution to the professional theatre scene in Ottawa.” Evolution Theatre, now in its sixth year, was a mentor company under the Great Canadian Theatre Company and recently began its term as a Resident Company of the Arts Court Theatre. Nancy was also a founding member of the Sanitas Playback Theatre company in Ottawa.
Marketing & Event Planning
One day, Nancy cheered loudly at a university sporting event and someone noticed. True story.
This led to her initial introduction into the fields of Marketing and Promotion, a field which has been her bread and butter ever since. Nancy has now worked for such organizations as the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. Thanks to a grant from the Metcalfe Foundation, she created an associate marketing position for herself at Great Canadian Theatre Company, where she developed the company’s social media policies, worked on audience development strategies, and finally settled in as Media Relations Coordinator. She has also created press releases and other publicity materials for a variety of other theatre companies including Evolution Theatre, Seven Thirty Productions and The Gladstone, as well as Ottawa’s professional theatre awards, Les Prix Rideau Awards, quickly becoming one of the most sought after and knowledgeable arts publicists in town.