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Nancy Bell, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Theatre at Saint Louis University






Twenty-five years professional acting career working in film, onstage and on network TV in New York, Los Angeles, and St. Louis  Theatre director and award-winning playwright with fully-produced work in California, New York, and Saint Louis. BFA in Acting and MFA in Acting and Directing.

Work experience
Associate Professor of Theatre
Saint Louis University
2010 - present


Teach Acting 1, Acting 2, Voice, Speech, Acting for the Camera, Period Styles, and Playwriting Workshop. Direct maninstage productions.  Serve as Program Director of Theatre.

Literary Manager/Resident Artist
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis


Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

2013 - 2017


Write adaptations of Shakespeare using an innovative blend of Shakespearean verse, contemporary poetry and prose, and original source material gleaned from interviews and story circles. Write plays for children inspired by Shakespeare's stories.





Bold and the Beautiful, Recurring, CBS, 2009

The Sitter (film), Featured, Lifetime Television, 2007

Bold and the Beautiful, Recurring, CBS, 2007

Medium, Guest Star, NBC, 2006

Numbers, Guest Star, CBS, 2005

Huff, Recurring Guest Star, Showtime, 2004

Loudmouth Soup (film), Lead, Aloha Street Productions, 2004

Century City Guest Star, CBS, 2003

Law and Order: SVU, Guest Star, NBC, 2003

American Tragedy (miniseries), Supporting, CBS, 2002

The Salton Sea, Betty, D.J. Caruso, producer, 2002

Cover Me, Guest Star, USA Network, 2000

Star Trek Voyager, Guest Star, UPN, 1999

Payne, Guest Star, CBS, 1999

Chicago Hope, Guest Star, CBS, 1998

Mad About You, Co-Star, NBC, 1998

Thirst (movie of the week), Supporting, NBC, 1998

News radio, Co-Star, NBC, 1997

Journey of Alan Strange, Recurring Guest Star, Nickelodeon, 1997

Guiding Light, Contract Player, CBS 1995-1996

Law and Order, Co-Star, NBC, 1994

Heavy Blow (film), Lead, Hoang Doang, producer, 1994



Zelda in the Backyard, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2024 (Upcoming -World Premiere)

Good Ship St. Louis, Upstream Theatre, St. Louis, 2022 (World Premiere)

Wildfire, Claudine/Caroline, Upstream Theatre, St. Louis, 2020 (U.S. Premiere)

The Wolves, Mom, Repertory Theatre St. Louis, 2019 

Percentage American, St. Louis Actors Studio, 2017 (World Premiere)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Hillary, Arrow  Rock Lyceum, 2017

Molly's Hammer, Molly Rush, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 2016 (World Premiere)

Rumors, Claire, Arrow Rock Lyceum, 2015

Blithe Spirit, Elvira, St. Louis Actors Studio, 2015

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, Kat, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, 2014 (World


The Goat or Who is Sylvia? St. Louis Actors Studio, 2013

Clybourne Park, Bev/Kathy, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, 2012

Sight Unseen, Patricia, South Coast Repertory, 2012

End Days, Sylvia, New Jewish Theatre, 2011

Macbeth, Lady Macduff, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 2010

Poetry of Pizza, Sarah, California Repertory, 2010

Festen, Else, California Repertory, 2010

And the War Came, Ensemble, California Repertory, 2009

Noises Off, Belinda, South Coast Repertory, 2009

What They Have, Suzanne, South Coast Repertory, 2008  (World Premiere)

Anon, Janice, Echo Theatre Company, 2007

Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, Hartford Stage, 2005 (World Premiere)

Enchanted April, Lotty, Pasadena Playhouse, 2004

Twentieth Century, Lilly, L.A. Theatre Works, 2005

War Music, Nurse Poole, Geffen Playhouse, 2003 (World Premiere)

Time Flies, Edna, The Old Globe, 2003

Polish Joke, Portia, Manhattan Theatre Club, 2003      

The Bald Soprano, Mrs. Martin, Classical Theatre Lab, 2002

Fall, Jill, Berkeley Rep, 2000 

The Circle, Elizabeth, South Coast Repertory, 2001

Polish Joke, Portia, A Contemporary Theatre, 2001 (World Premiere)

Fall, Jill, Baltimore Center Stage, 2000

All My Sons, Ann, South Coast Repertory, 2000

Wildlife, Winona, Echo Theatre Company, 2000  (World Premiere)

The Philanderer, Julia, South Coast Repertory, 1999

A Devil Inside, Lily, Echo Theatre Company, 1999

At the Tone, Woman, The Journey Company, Edinburgh Festival, 1998 (World Premiere)

Private Eyes, Cory, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 1997

The Misanthrope, Celimene, McCarter Theatre, 1996

Three Musketeers, Milady, Saint Louis Repertory, 1996 (World Premiere)

Prisoner of Zenda, Flavia, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1996 (World Premiere)

Dracula, Lucy, Cincinnati Playhouse, 1995

Private Lives   Sybil   Baltimore Center Stage, 1995

The Price You Pay, Ensemble, Journey Company, 1995 (World Premiere)

Loot, Fay, Dallas Theatre Center, 1994

Tale of Two Cities, Lucie, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1994 (World Premiere)

Owners, Mrs. Arlington, New York Theatre Workshop, 1993

My Children! My Africa!, Isabel, Studio Arena Theatre, 1993

The Possibilities, Ensemble, Tribeca Lab Theatre, 1993

Charley’s Aunt, Kitty, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1992

Great Expectations, Estella, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1991 (World Premiere)

Macbeth, Lady Macduff, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1990

As You Like It, Rosalind, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1990





Loudmouth Soup, Co-writer, Aloha Street Productions, 2004




She, ERA Theatre Company, 2021

MUTE: A play for Zoom, self-produced on Zoom, 2020

The Last Cupcake, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2019

Blow Winds, Shakespeare Festival St.Louis, 2018 

A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2018

Remember Me, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2016R

Mutual Consent (with Peter Grandbois), California Rep Theatre, Long Beach, CA, 2016

Found at Sea, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis / St. Louis Symphony, 2016 

The Runaway Cupcake, OnSite Theatre Company, St. Louis, MO, 2015 

Good in Everything, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2014

Old Hearts Fresh, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2013

Present Tense, (with Peter Grandbois), one-act, Labute New Play Festival, 2013

The Call, (with Peter Grandbois), one-act, MadLab Theatre Roulette Festival, 2013

The New World, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, 2012

With Feathers, one-act, produced as part of Songs of the Siren: The Greeks Remixed, One

            Act Play Festival, University Players, California State-Long Beach

Venus, one act, produced as part of And the War Came, California Repertory, 2009

Never Wake a Sleeping Marine, one-act, produced as part of And the War Came,

            California Repertory, 2009


Student, New Plains Review, Spring 2023




The People in the Cabin, Great Plains Theatre Conference, 2019

The People in the Cabin, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, 2018

Mutual Consent, America Rising New Play Development Program, Bristol Riverside

            Theatre, Bristol, PA, 2014

Venus, Next Generation Playwriting Prize Finalist Workshop, Reverie Productions, New

            York, NY, 2012




Antonia, a full length play in verse


As You Like It, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, 2024 (Upcoming)

Turn of the Screw, Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis, 2023

Big Machine, Center for Creative Arts, St. Louis, 2022  (World Premiere)

Billy Elliot, Center for Creative Arts, St. Louis, 2021

Twelfth Night, Saint Louis University, 2019

Into the Breeches!, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2018

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Saint Louis University 2018

The How and the Why, New Jewish Theatre, 2018

Sacred Space and How's Bruno, Labute New Theatre Festival, 2017

The Way We Get By, St. Louis Actor's Studio, 2016

Distracted, Saint Louis University, 2016

Crimes of the Heart, Saint Louis University, 2015

As You Like It, Saint Louis University, 2014

Playhouse Creatures, Saint Louis University, 2013

Wonder of the World, Saint Louis University, 2012

Blithe Spirit, Saint Louis University, 2011

OTMA, Saint Louis University, 2011


2010 - present

2010 - present



California State University at Long Beach

MFA-Acting and Directing


State University of New York at Purchase


Mississippi University for Women

MFA Candidate in Creative Writing, 2025



STL Critic Circle Award, Best Director of a Comedy, 2019

Scholarly Works Award, St. Louis University, 2018

Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional in St. Louis, 2017

Saint Louis Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Play (Playwriting) 2015

STL Critics Circle Award, Best Actress in a Comedy 2014 

STL Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Play (Playwriting) 2013

STL Critics Circle Award, Best Actress in a Drama 2012

Winner, LaBute New Play Festival (Playwriting) 2012

Finalist, Next Generation New Play Prize 2012

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