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Congratulations Nancy Keystone!

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 23 April 2014



Nancy Keystone. Photo by Jamie Gradie.


Nancy Keystone – who is currently at PCS directing The Last Five Years – has recieved an enormous honor this week. We couldn't be more thrilled for her! She's been named as a recipient of a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Performing Artist Award.


This is a HUGE award. Nancy is one of 20 recipients nationally, and her fellow honorees include David Henry Hwang, Bill T. Jones, Tarell McCraney and Lisa Kron.


Artists are selected based on demonstrated evidence of exceptional creativity, ongoing self-challenge and the continuing potential to make significant contributions to their field.


Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, which includes an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $25,000 more in targeted support for audience development and $25,000 for personal reserves or creative exploration.




The 39 Steps at PCS: Ebbe Roe Smith, Christine Calfas, Leif Norby, Darius Pierce.
Photo by Owen Carey.


Nancy has a long history with Portland Center Stage. She most recently directed Venus in Fur and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at PCS (2013 and 2010). She was also an artistic associate at PCS from 2003-2005, and she acted as design consultant (with Peter Marududin) for the Armory’s four lobby spaces!




Nancy Keystone's production of Apollo, which premiered at PCS in 2009.
Photo by Owen Carey.


To learn more about Nancy, check out this great page on the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website. It includes more photos and videos of her work, including footage from her production Apollo


Today also happens to be Nancy’s birthday (she shares a bday with the mighty Bard)!


From all of us at PCS,




The Last Five Years runs April 26 — June 22.




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