NANCY SCANLON born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Nancy continues to enjoy an eclectic career as casting director, producer, director, writer, script consultant (dramaturgy), actor, acting coach, and most recently, talent manager. She began her career as assistant to the artistic director of the Santa Fe Festival Theater on the staged production of Blithe Spirit, starring Madeline Kahn and Amy Irving. Nancy went on to become a highly regarded actor, director and dramaturge in the renowned Chicago theater where she directed the world premiere of The Poppy Garden, the one-woman hit show The Fall From Precious (awarded The Reader Critic Choice and received 4 stars from Sun Times critic Ron Mark), and the critically acclaimed production of Howard Barker’s The Love of a Good Man, among many others.
In film, she wrote and directed Marilyn for Tandem Films, produced by John Swanbeck (The Big Kahuna) and Executive Produced by John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo), wrote, produced and directed a documentary about girls in Chicago gangs entitled Voices To Be Heard, which screened at the Charlotte Film Festival and selected for its honorary national tour, as well as most recently cast and produced The Callback Machine and Middle of the Night, under the banner of her company, Au Courant Films.
Nancy was a department head and agent at two a top-tier Chicago talent agencies, a dramaturge in the development of new plays at Goodman Theater, including Regina Taylor’s critically acclaimed one-woman show, Escape From Paradise. She was also an adjunct professor for The Theater School at DePaul University and founder of a highly successful acting studio in Chicago prior to relocating to Los Angeles to serve as story editor for Trigger Street Productions’ The Big Kahuna, starring Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli; Roger Ebert named Kahuna among his top ten picks of that year. Subsequently, she landed a first-look deal at DeVito’s company, Jersey Films, and subsequently a three-picture contract at Universal Studios.
Nancy recently launched a new talent management division under the auspice of Au Courant Entertainment, in partnership with Steven J. Wolfe, Sneak Preview and Josh Silver, Silver Mine. She is also casting and producing several features, including a horror film franchise entitled Middle of the Night and Breaking Code, an Au Courant co-production with CTP Films and helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Gerry Lively, best known for comedy, Friday, starring Ice Cube. Nancy is also developing a film/TV slate for Au Courant Films, including a sci-fi series packaged with Naveen Andrews, Lenny von Dohlen, and Mark Hamill set to star and direct; films include a drama entitled Nabokov’s Butterfly, about a 12-year-old girl who becomes entranced with a child psychology PHd student following the sudden death of her father and a biopic, Alice, based on the inspired life and work of visionary Alice Guy, the world’s first woman filmmaker.
Mentoring actors is one of Nancy’s main passions. She has taught and coached beginners as well as name talent, including Julie Ann Emery (Unforgettable, Fargo), Judy Greer (Married, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), James Denton (The Good Witch, Desperate Housewives), Marley Shelton (The Lottery, Scream 4), and Sean Flynn (Devious Maids, Zoey 101) and many others.