M.F.A. University of Minnesota
Nancy Loitz has recently returned to Illinois Wesleyan following a three-year stint at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. As an Associate Dean of the College, Nancy administered Augustana’s general education program, new student orientation and first year programming. She is delighted to be back “home” as a faculty member in IWU’s School of Theatre Arts.
Nancy received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she received the Kendrick Wilson Directing Award for her thesis production of Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander. After receiving her degree she taught for three years at the University of Minneota-Duluth and directed two productions annually at the Minnesota Repertory Theatre.
Nancy came to IWU in 1986 as the Coordinator of the Music Theatre program. During her years in this role, she directed productions from a variety of genres including Aaron Copeland’s opera The Tender Land and the operettas Most Happy Fella and Candide. Her non-musical productions have ranged from Arthur Kopit’s Wings to Euripides’ Medea to David Mamet’s Bobby Gould in Hell. She has particularly enjoyed her work with new playwrights on the development of original works, including The Making of Finley Smith which was written by IWU alumni Duke Novak and Mara Hesed.
Nancy was appointed Director of the School of Theatre Arts in 1999 and served in this capacity for seven years before taking a leave for her work at Augustana College. Moving to this position coincided with a shift in her focus from stage directing to the incorporation of the technique Alba Emoting into her work as an acting teacher and coach. Nancy studied extensively with neurophysiologist Susana Bloch, the originator of this powerful tool. Alba Emoting practitioners can skillfully manipulate physical manifestations of human emotion to trigger and control genuine subjective responses which can then be applied to an actor’s work. Dr. Bloch’s work originated in Chile (where Nancy received her first training) and Denmark. Nancy was one of the first two American acting teachers to be certified to train actors to use Alba Emoting. She has taught the method in an academic setting at IWU, Augustana College and the University of Asheville. She has also brought it to professional actors through intensive seminars in Zurich, Switzerland, Milan, Italy, at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
"Tartuffe" Directed, Spring 2012