“Miss Nan,” danced and acted professionally with dance companies and in Broadway musicals in New York City and Europe for over 30 years. She trained at The Martha Graham School in New York City and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and pursued graduate studies in World Literature and Children’s Librarianship at The Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
For 20 years, Miss Nan has created and taught curriculum-based dance theater programs for children in Head Starts and elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States under grants from the NEA and state and local arts councils. She was a Master Teacher/Performer for Arts for the Aging, a national nonprofit agency located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to providing senior citizens with training in the arts. She created the performance series “A Time It Was,” a series of dance theater performances designed around periods of history and literature of particular interest to a senior citizen audience. It was funded nationally with grants from the AARP, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Virginia Arts Council, The Maryland Arts Council, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and The Tennessee Arts Commission.
She currently performs this series throughout Tennessee both as a one-woman show, and with Nashville singer/songwriter Sherry Paige. When not teaching or performing around the state, Miss Nan is the director of a county library located south of Nashville.