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Nancy Huisenga

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January 10, 2020

Nancy ’s current news

Nancy's play, Three Mothers, which won the annual playwriting contest at Metropolitan State University in December, 2018, and was awarded mentored development during the spring of 2019, is currently under workshop development by Metro State University. Metro State has partnered with well-known Park Square Theatre, in St. Paul, where the workshop production of Three Mothers will appear on the Andy Boss Stage for 3 performances, April 16, 17 & 18, 2020. Nancy will then prepare the play for application to local theatre venues for full world premier production. Nancy is also working on two new plays, Five Wives, which comically explores marriage to a controlling husband, and a play about Alzheimer's Disease, entitled Where's Alex?


Nancy majored in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnestota between 1968 and 1972, during which time she appeared in many University plays and thereafter in productions at Theatre in the Round (Philadelphia, Here I Come and One Act Plays) and some other Twin City theatre venues. She spent time in New York City and Massachusetts, during which time she was cast in the PBS film Trail of Tears. She planned to travel to England to study acting, as encouraged by her mentor, John Cromwell, but instead, Nancy decided to obtain her nursing degree, working as a Registered Nurse while raising her children. Finally returning to the stage in 2000 after moving with her husband to Lanesboro, Minnesota, where they owned a bed and breakfast, Nancy performed in several productions at the Commonweal Theatre Company, playing roles such as Mme. Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Costanza in Enchanted April, Mrs. Chauvenet in Harvey, Julie Tessman in Hedda Gabler and Mrs. Helseth in Rosmersholm, along with understudy performances of Nerina in Scapin and Miss Clairee in Steel Magnolias. Nancy performed with the local Lanesboro Community Theatre (Florence in The Odd Couple, Mother Superior in Nunsense and Rose in the world premier of Forrest Musselman's Five Flowers). She has written and directed Cinderella Who?, played Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress as well as Frau Schmidt in Sound of Music. She has done film work for the Mayo Clinic and industrial film work for the Eli Lilly Company through Brent Johnson's Producers Consortium. 

Having returned to the Twin Cities in June, 2015, Nancy is excited about the acting opportunities and is eager to work on those roles available for a 60-something!