Nancy Vitale, Producer and Writer

Nancy Vitale

Nancy produces and writes for Film, Theatre and TV and lives in New York City. She is obsessed with good storytelling. At any moment, you will find her grappling with something in the pages of her New Yorker (paper version, please), a drop-dead fabulous new TV or web series, a play that makes one grateful to be alive, and/or one of hundreds of podcasts. She also really enjoys The Moth.

In 2013, hoping to develop and produce all forms of great storytelling, she launched Eyes Up Here Productions with Film Producer Nilou Safinya. Eyes Up Here is a creative production company directing your gaze to the unexpected, and they specialize in strategic storyelling through the production of moving content and live events. Their first production, Running With Sharks, is a comedic short film written and co-produced by Nancy.

In TV, Nancy has written two comedy pilots, including a single-cam adaptation of Running with Sharks. Her work at TV Land, helped launch the hit series, Hot in Cleveland and others.

In Theatre, she has been writing and producing new work for more than a decade. From 2010-2014, Nancy founded and served as Producing Artistic Director of Noor Theatre, a Company-in-Residence at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), that is dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. With her co-founders, Lameece Issaq and Maha Chehlaoui, she produced Noor's fall reading series, HIGHLIGHT, as well as unique collaborations with other companies, and developmental workshops of new plays. In 2012, Nancy developed and co-produced with NYTW Noor's first production, Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader's Food and Fadwa. Noor's most recent production,The Myth Project, was a workshop production in three parts by exciting emerging writer/directors Kareem Fahmy, Noelle Ghoussaini and Pirronne Yousefzadeh. The plays were developed over 18 months from initial concept to a 2013 workshop production, to the plays' world premiere in May of 2014 at NYTW's 4th Street Theatre.

Nancy's recent work as a writer also varies widely. She recently completed her full-length dramedy, Losing Her, about a woman struggling with issues of identity and control after a serious health scare. She has been collaborating with Santa Fe artists on the book of Coal, the Musical. And last year, the Graduate Drama Therapy Program at NYU Steinhardt commissioned and produced an original one-act dark comedy about rape culture for their SEX: As Performance series.

As a freelancer producer/dramaturg, Nancy recently advised a condensed version of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic, Ruddigore, a new burlesque musical, an adaptation of a classic novel, and numerous other projects from creative artists in the New York area. Nancy has collaborated with NYTW, the Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Araca Group, New Georges, the Arab-American Comedy Festival, Columbia University School of the Arts, numerous solo artists and emerging playwrights in New York. Regionally she has served on the literary staffs of McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Passage Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre; and she has advised numerous companies as Creative Consultant.

She earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University's School of the Arts and a B.A. from Oakland University, a proud graduate of the Honors College.

She lives in New York City with her Architect and Architecture Professor husband. Together, they hope to purchase a hunk of land so that he can design and build a super fantastic dwelling that will also be super energy efficient, feature built-in bookshelves for her hundreds of books, room for her enormous family and artistic friends to visit, and plenty of outdoor space for an organic garden and chickens. Yep.


Development & Production

Do you have a stage play, screenplay, webseries, sitcom pilot, spec or idea that you want to get off the ground?

Nancy Vitale

From development, to writing, to packaging, to pitching, Nancy can help. Email to learn more, nancy [at] nancyvitale [dot] com!

Nancy has been developing new scripts for theatre, TV, web series and film for years. She began as an opinionated actor, moved on to work at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the fast-paced Humana Festival, honed her skills at McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has taught workshops at Princeton, Carnegie Mellon Drama, Oakland University, and the Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts in New York.

Since then, she has developed screenplays and sitcom scripts, and she has edited numerous papers, pitches and articles for a variety of outlets. So, yeah, not afraid of a challenge.

Creative Production

What's your story?

Nancy's work as a producer and storyteller has led to strategic storytelling work with top tier organizations.

Email nancy [at] nancyvitale [dot] com today for a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your goals or those of your small business, start up, or non-profit organization.

In collaboration with Fuel | We Power Change and Artist/Producer Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Nancy has helped produce activations for leading social changemakers to bring their message to eager audiences and to affect real change in the world. Again, not afraid of a challenge.

Whatcha got?

Coming soon

Nancy's latest project is chronicling the complexities of hunting for land, navigating small town life, and learning to love the great outdoors without harming anyone. Photos of seemingly innocent hummingbirds and charming coffee shop owners coming soon...

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