Nancy Ma is an actor, creator, and facilitator. She was raised in Chinatown, New York.
Nancy’s acting training started with Steve Braun almost ten years ago. It was in those classes that she began studying repetition and relearning the power of vulnerability. (Shout out to Brené Brown!) She has also trained with the late Jeanie Hackett, Chris Fields (The Echo Theater Company), The Groundlings, and Completely Ridiculous. She is deeply influenced by the breath embodiment and movement work of Jeffrey Crockett, the former head of voice at The American Conservatory Theater.
In both class and life, Nancy is interested in helping people become more honest and vulnerable, along with how to embrace their unique “why” for being in the work. Her focus is on helping people experience their agency and potential.
Nancy has taught acting and writing at local non-profits including, The Covenant House, Create Now and Young Storytellers. She worked as a community organizer for Girls Who Code and currently facilitates workshops with Change Agents, an organization that provides employment education for underrepresented college women.
Nancy has a BA from Williams College. Recent credits include Hacks (HBO), The Joy Luck Club (Sierra Madre Playhouse), American Bodies (Film Independent Project Involve). Her solo show, Home, produced by The Latino Theater Company, is a raw interrogation of belonging and acceptance. Home has been performed at school, festivals, and theaters around the country.
"Nancy creates space with such generosity, patience and grace that the outcome for the work is always true authenticity."
- Dre Jackson, THE POLITICIAN
"I have been lucky enough to have known Nancy as an artist for years. I count myself especially lucky to have experienced her as a teacher. She is sensitive and kind, but also a powerful guide in helping us expand our talent. Her instincts are spot on, her redirects are inspiring. She is a teacher who makes you feel safe and ready to take risks in your work. Nancy is a special spirit in this world, and I am so excited she gets to share that as a teacher. And she truly loves this work."
- Ashley Diane Currie, SEAL TEAM
"Nancy Ma. There aren’t enough beautiful words in the history of words that could help me sum up how I feel about this fierce woman. She’s inspiring. She’s loving. She’s a powerhouse. And she’s an absolutely amazing teacher. She offers up such vulnerability and honesty in her guidance which constantly leaves me wanting more. Your life and career will be blessed taking class with her."
- Julienne Irons, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER