Nancy Duncan Scholarship (presented by the Producers and Organizers SIG)


The Nancy Duncan Scholarship is to be given every year to an individual who has the desire to network with others as well as attend workshops related to producing and organizing storytelling events during the National Storytelling Summit. The value of the scholarship is $500.


  • Must be a member of the Producer’s and Organizer’s SIG for at least six months.
  • Produced at least one storytelling event.
  • Please note that those individuals serving on the scholarship committee and/or the board of the National Storytelling Network are ineligible.


  • Complete application and send to  by May 31
  • Attend the Producer’s and Organizer’s Pre-Summit, workshops related to the field of producing and the business meeting of the SIG.
  • Write an article or paper to be posted on the Organizer’s Web site within three months of
    the conference.


Please limit to two pages.

  • Name
  • Street Address
  • City, State and Zip Code
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • List the event(s) that you have produced
  • Briefly describe your role or responsibilities for these events
  • Tell us why you want to attend the National Storytelling Summit

About Nancy Duncan

Storyteller Nancy Duncan was born in Indiana, reared in Illinois and Georgia, and went to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1958 on a scholarship to the Writer’s Workshop, where she met and married printer Harry Duncan. The Duncans moved to Omaha in 1972, and Nancy became Associate Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse for three years, and then Executive Director of the Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater for ten years. In 1986 she founded her own company, Story Performances, later working full-time as a freelance storyteller. She was also Program Chair of Nebraska StoryArts, which produces the Nebraska Storytelling Festival. She was a member of the National Storytelling Network as well as its special interest group Producers and Organizers.

Nancy and Harry were awarded the Nebraska Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award in 1979. In 1996 Nancy was elected to the Iowa Gallery of Theatre Arts Professionals at the University of Iowa and in 1999 was awarded the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Sower Award for furthering understanding of the humanities in Nebraska. In 2002 Nancy received an Artist’s Fellowship of $2500 from the Nebraska Arts Council. Her story, “Losing & Getting,” about breast cancer, appears in The Healing Heart: Storytelling for Caring and Healthy Families (New Society Press, Allison Cox & David Albert, editors). She died on September 6, 2004.

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