About

A stage director, award winning actor and nationally recognized theatre educator, Nancy Houfek was Head of Voice and Speech for the Tony Award winning American Repertory Theater at Harvard from 1997 to 2014, teaching vocal production, coaching the professional acting company, and administering the M.F.A. program in voice training pedagogy.

Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has also held faculty or guest positions at the University of Washington, the Drama Studio of London, Southern Methodist University and the University of Minnesota. Nancy is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Since 1978, Nancy has served as a consultant to a wide variety of institutions and individuals, presenting workshops using theater, storytelling and leadership techniques for corporations, think tanks, universities, and professional organizations throughout the country.

At Harvard, she has worked with the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the School of Public Health, the Radcliffe Fellows program, and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Act of Teaching, a film of her work with Harvard faculty produced by the Bok Center, has been distributed to faculty development centers nationwide.

In 1999, Nancy began a collaboration with Lee Warren of the Kennedy School of Government to create series of workshops designed to help women with negotiation and leadership challenges: Strong Women/Strategic Performance has now been presented to more than one hundred institutions and professional groups throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In March of 2013, Nancy received her seventh consecutive award from Harvard University for excellence in teaching.

2013-2014 Nancy Houfek