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Storyteller NANCY DUNCAN
was born in Indiana, reared in Illinois and Georgia, and
went to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1958 on a scholarship to the Writer's
Workshop, where she met and married printer Harry Duncan.
The Duncans moved to Omaha in 1972, and Nancy became Associate
Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse for three years, and then
Executive Director of the Emmy Gifford Children's Theater for ten years.
In 1986 she founded her own company, Story Performances, later
working full-time as a freelance storyteller. She was also Program Chair of
Nebraska StoryArts, which produces the Nebraska Storytelling Festival.
She and Harry were awarded the Nebraska Arts Council Governor's Arts Award
in 1979. In 1996 Nancy was elected to the Iowa Gallery of Theatre Arts
Professionals at the University of Iowa and in 1999 was awarded the Nebraska
Humanities Council's Sower Award for furthering understanding of the
humanities in Nebraska. 1n 2002 Nancy received an Artist's Fellowship
of $2500 from the Nebraska Arts Council. Her story, "Losing & Getting,"
about breast cancer, appears in The Healing Heart: Storytelling for
Caring and Healthy Families (New Society Press, Allison Cox & David
Albert, editors). She died on September 6, 2004.