Nancy Kawalek

Studio Professor in Film & Media Studies and Media Arts & Technology;
Founder/Director, STAGE @ CNSI and the Professional Artists Lab

Northwestern University,
Degree in Theatre and Performance Studies


2417 Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS)



Acting; Directing; Adaptation of all types of literature
for Stage and Screen; Theatrical collaborations
between the arts and science/technology

Nancy Kawalek


Nancy Kawalek is a Studio Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department and the Media Arts & Technology Program. She is the Founder/Director of the Professional Artists Lab, an artistic laboratory in which professionals in film, theatre, television, radio and media arts create and develop new projects and ideas. Kawalek is also the founder/director of STAGE, a collaboration between the Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). STAGE (Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration) is engaged in two primary activities: The STAGE International Script Competition that awards a $10,000 prize to the best new play about science and technology; and the STAGE Collaboratory, a developmental lab where professional artists work with eminent scientists to create multi-media theatre pieces in which science and technology play prominent roles in content and/or form.

Kawalek is a professional New York theatre-trained actor with 25 years’ experience, including work On and Off Broadway and in regional theatre. She has acted in film, TV, and numerous commercials, as well as on National Public Radio’s acclaimed Selected Shorts series. Among her credits as a director is the documentary film, Lost and Found.