For the last few years Nancy's has focused on using storytelling as an activist against sexual violence. She presents at universities and institutions nationally such as Princeton, UC San Diego, USC, Marquette and the College of William & Mary, as well as the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco and the World of Women Poetry Slam 2013. In August she will present at the National Sexual Assault Conference on the topic of "Artful Advocacy: Transforming Dry Data into Powerful Stories for Persuasion and Social Change." She received a 2011 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to explore the use of digital storytelling for sexual violence awareness and prevention.
Nancy has an MFA in Directing/Theater from Northwestern University where she taught storytelling for several years. She co-founded and was Executive Director of the Wild Onion Storytelling Festival in Chicago for nine years and teaches Storytelling courses at Metropolitan State University with Loren Niemi. Nancy served as guest editor for the July/August 2004 issue of Storytelling magazine, published by the National Storytelling Network, on the topic of Private Life on the Public Stage: Autobiographical Stories in Performance. Nancy’s story The Last Five Minutes was published in a collection called The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland published by the Indiana Historical Society Press which won “Best Essays” by Foreword Magazine. In 2013, she was Story SlamMN co-champion (with the amazing and possibly unbeatable Ward Rubrecht).