Nebraska Authors

Nancy Duncan

Born 1937-01-02 Terre Haute, IN (USA)

Died 2004-09-06
Omaha, NE (USA)

Storyteller, actress, theater director, best known for her work in Omaha, Duncan was the wife of famous hand press printer/publisher Harry Duncan. She was a very successful theatrical director, working at schools, colleges, the University of Iowa, and community theaters. Duncan also served as Associate Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse, and Executive Director of The Emmy Gifford Children's Theater in Omaha. She was co-chair of the 1996 Storytelling Festival of Nebraska.

Places Lived

Terre Haute, IN
Decatur, GA
Iowa City, IA
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay
  • Other


Author-Playwright; Nebraska History; Frontier Life; Theatrical Direction


Bachelor of Arts, 1958, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Master of Arts, 1969, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Executive Director of the Emmy Gifford Children's Theater
Associate Director
Director of Theater Scattergood School
English Instructor

Places Worked

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Scattergood School, West Branch, IA
The University of Iowa
Iowa City Community Theater
Omaha Community Playhouse
Emmy Gifford Children's Theatre, Omaha, NE
Nebraska Arts Council


Nebraska Women's Political Caucus: Woman of the Year in Arts, 1984
Governor's Arts Award, 1979


The Sticky Pot. 1969.
Come to the Sundance. 1972.
This New Land. 1977.
The Sun, the Moon and the Stars. 1978.
Tell Me Why. 1979.
Show Me How. 1979.
The Earth Is a Drum. 1980.
Make Believe Doctor. 1980. (Adaptation/Translation)
Flying/Falling. 1982-83.
Nebraska '49. 1984.
Helen and Annie. 1985.
Coyote. 2002.

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