Hager, Nancy

HAGER (SANFORD), Nancy Skow “Nancy”

January 6, 1937- November 15, 2023

Nancy Hager, a “godmother” to Atlanta theater, handed away peacefully at her house in Eugene, OR, on November 15, 2023.

Throughout a 20 yr profession, Nancy Hager helped to nurture Atlanta’s early theater scene. In 1967, Nancy began a 16 yr run as Managing Director for the Academy Theatre, and guided it from an avocational theater to one of many Southeast’s main skilled repertory theaters in partnership with Creative Director Frank Wittow. The Academy Theatre targeted on new productions and progressive diversifications, coaching new actors, and creating group engagement via artists-in-school packages, actor coaching, and fostering new playwrights. The artists in faculties program received nationwide awards for serving to to facilitate the desegregation of Georgia’s public faculties. Lots of the leaders of Atlanta theater are Academy “alumni”. Nancy additionally broke new floor with funding: soliciting record-breaking grants from the Rockefeller Basis, the US Dept. Well being, Schooling, and Welfare, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Nancy beloved to show and direct. She based the Academy Lab Theater to supply an area for starting administrators and actors to hone their expertise, and directed ten performs herself.

Nancy co-founded the Mayor’s committee on the Arts below Mayor Maynard Jackson, served on the Fulton County Arts Council, served on nationwide theater panels with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Middle, the Theater Communications Group and others. In 1977, Nancy co-founded the Atlanta New Play Venture in assist of latest playwrights, offering management throughout its inception, and producing the primary Atlanta New Play Festivals in 1983 and 1984. In 1985 and 1986, she helped Jomandi Theatre turn into knowledgeable firm, and directed a play for them.

Nancy did her theater work whereas elevating three youngsters in a loving and supportive household. She confirmed the identical creativity and dedication in ensuring her youngsters acquired the schooling that match their particular person wants. And there was household enjoyable within the Georgia mountains, on the seaside, and annual home events together with her “loopy theater mates”.

In 1986, Nancy took a writing sabbatical in Isla Mujeres, then journeyed west to proceed her skilled and private progress. She studied native American spirituality, turned a licensed Acupuncture Diplomate and managed the Peacehealth Visitor Home for Sacred Coronary heart Medical Middle in Eugene, OR. She retired to Bend, OR, in 2006, the place she might benefit from the excessive desert and proceed to write down poetry, follow Tai Chi, host writing and knitting teams, and volunteer on the Northwest Crossing Farmers Market. Nancy moved to Eugene in 2020.

Nancy beloved the seaside, snorkeling, crusing, and swimming within the ocean, studying, writing, discussing politics, and watching soccer. Most of all, she beloved her three youngsters, her household, and her mates. Nancy is survived by a brother, three youngsters, and three grandchildren. The household are planning a memorial service to happen Spring 2024 in Atlanta. For extra info on Nancy’s life or to contact the household go to https://cragerhagerfarm.com/nancy-skow-hager-memorial.html

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