Stuart Nager

category: Actor, Literary,

Contact & Info


Phone: 914-953-5212


Artist Statement

What's lovely is that I get to live a creative life: I am a Professional  Storyteller, Director, Improvisation Actor, and a Published Author.  I have over fifteen years as a Teaching Artist leading programs in Creative Drama, Storytelling, and Creative Writing. My pedagogical lens focuses on the students creating their work, working cooperatively on a myriad of presentation possibilities.

I have earned two Masters of Arts: one in Educational Theater from NYU and the other in Oral Traditions from The Graduate Institute.  I have worked for the NYC Department of Education's Office of Arts and Special Programs as a Professional Development Facilitator (Literacy; Curriculum Development; Presentation; Cooperative Teaching, and more) and as the Chair/Special Projects Manager for American Voices, an integrated  curriculum development writing  project, merging Theater Arts with the Social Studies core curricula.  Before that, I had the pleasure of working as an NYS Certified Theater Teacher in the NYC schools.

Guiding workshops and residencies have taken me across the country as well as two periods in London. I travel anywhere in the greater NY Tri-State area.

Educational Background

MA in Educational Theater, New York University, 2005.

MA in Oral Traditions, The Graduate Institute, 2007.

Additional Studies: Lincoln Center Institute; Shakespeare Fellow, Columbia University; Aesthetics of Art Shakespeare Fellow, Theatre for a New Audience; Puppetry Master Class, Sarah Lawrence College; MA in English, Lehman College (ongoing); Commedia dell Arte Technical Theater Intensive, NYC Department of Education Professional Development programs.

Teaching Artist Experience

I have an MA in Educational Theater, and MA in Oral Traditions, and I am an NYS certified Theater Teacher.  My passions are in Collaborative & Devised Theater, Process Drama, Storytelling, Creative Writing/Literacy, and Improvisation.  I also work on Presentation Skills and Professional Development.  Recent projects include helping seniors create a musical production of their personal stories with OPERA America, working with middle school students at PACE University's summer literacy program,  a month-long workshop on Storytelling at the Mt. Vernon Library, Creative Writing and Improvisation projects, and as an author presenter on a panel for Speculative Fiction. 

As a long-standing TA with ArtsWestchester, I have worked with a variety of schools throughout the county as well as community centers for both youth and adult programming. Spring 2019 found me in a Larchmont Elementary, working with a lovely group of 2nd graders. Five classes created their own Cinderella stories (The Cinderella Project) with a rousing auditorium performance.