Nancy Donoval

So shame on my face for not bringing your attention to this sooner, but there’s another performer joining the line-up Friday and Saturday: the talented Ms. Nancy Donoval. In the grand tradition of college students everywhere, I shall now blame my exceedingly busy schedule and fail to mention other pertinent information, such as the fact that I compulsively sign up for events and organizations I have no time for, and delay doing homework in order to devour the latest Terry Pratchett novel. Speaking of which: OH MY GOD TERRY PRATCHETT IS A GENIUS! LET US ENSHRINE HIM AND WORSHIP HIM FOR ALL TIME!


Anyway, here are some long-overdue factoids on Nancy Donoval. An accomplished storyteller (she was awarded the 2008 VSA Minnesota Artist Recognition Grant, and her stories have been broadcast on Chicago and Minnesota Public Radio) she tells tales that are at once hilarious and heartbreaking. For ‘Spirit in the House’ she will be performing a work entitled ‘Bride of Christ’ vs. ‘BrideĀ of the Stage.‘ It is described as the chronicle of her ongoing wrestling match between spiritual and theatrical paths. Her work explores the need to give a name and a voice to our experiences so that we can understand them, and in doing so, more fully understand ourselves.

She has performed at various festivals and conventions all over the country, and was in fact featured at the 2004 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In addition, her one-woman shows Dancing Rats & Vampire Moms and Monster Movies with my Undead Dad were sold out at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (North America’s largest performing arts festival), and the Minneapolis Star Tribune named her as “Cream of the Crop.” An MFA in Directing/Theatre from Northwestern University, Nancy Donoval is also a workshop leader and performance coach to actors, writers, and public speakers all over the U.S.

And if you need any further inducement to come see her, just listen to this audience members’ testimonial: “I laughed so hard my cramps went away.”