Nancy Houfek has served as a consultant to professional speakers throughout the United States since 1978. She has presented workshops for Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard Medical School, and The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, as well as for many clients in the private sector. A film of her work with Harvard faculty, "The Act of Teaching," has been produced by the Bok Center for national distribution to faculty development centers.
Nancy has appeared in over one hundred productions throughout the country and off-Broadway. She has directed and coached many others for San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Actors she has taught or coached include Annette Bening, Carolyn McCormick, Will Patton, Debra Winger, Benjamin Bratt, Arliss Howard, Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon.
With a B.A. from Stanford University, Nancy received her M.F.A. from A.C.T. where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has held faculty positions at the U. of Washington, S.M.U. and the U. of Minnesota where she headed the professional actor training program. As Head of Voice & Speech of Harvard's American Repertory Theatre, Ms. Houfek teaches the graduate level actors. coaches the professional actors of the company, and has created a new M.F.A. in voice training pedagogy.