about me

intersectional womanist, theatre practictioner, community gatherer

I am an award-winning arts administrator, director, actor, playwright, and teaching artist with twenty years of experience synthesizing theatre, American history, and social justice in Washington, DC and Buffalo, NY.

Over the course of my theatre practice, I have directed and performed in numerous productions, most memorably of plays by Pulitzer Award-winning playwrights Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, August Wilson, and Ayad Akhtar.

Leadership highlights include serving as Director of Arts Engagement and Education at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Creative Programs Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, Producing Artistic Director of African Continuum Theatre Company, and Lead Teaching Artist at historic Ford’s Theatre.

Adjudication and mentorship efforts include projects with the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Prince George’s County Theatre Festival, the Mead Theatre Lab Program, the Junior Theater Festival, and National History Day. I proudly served on the TheatreWashington Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors for two terms and co-founded the biannual Black Theatre & Dance Symposium at the University of Maryland with Scot Reese.

I am a 2019 Cullen Fellow, proud member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2020, and have received the 2021 Arts Services Inc. Spark Award for Arts Integration.

Email contact: thembiduncan@gmail.com

i’m also a
very proud mom

nadia duncan
theatre practice
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