Nan McNamara

Nan is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (LADCC) and L.A. Weekly Award for her portrayal of Vivian Bearing in the Actors Co-op production of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Award-winning, Wit.  Nan also received the Stage Raw Award, Robby Award and Scenie Award for her portrayal of Katherine Brandt in Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations (LADCC Nomination Lead Performance, Ovation Award - Best Production).  She has worked consistently on the stage in leading roles in scores of productions including Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias (Truvy), Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods (Joan Honeyman), Pocket Universe by Thomas Brandon (World Premiere), Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa (Kate), Blessing’s Going to St. Ives (Cora), Spinning Into Butter (Sara Daniels)Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Mary Tyrone), The Crucible (Elizabeth), Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Yelena) and Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Rosalind). 

Among Nan’s recent appearances in front of the camera, she portrayed high-powered attorney Bonnie Pearl on Major Crimes, enjoyed a recurring role on Switched at Birth, worked with Emmy-winner Tony Hale on the feature Not That Funny, was terrorized by Jamie Kennedy in 4Closed and was reunited with her two kidnapped children on Criminal Minds.

As a voiceover artist, she has recorded hundreds of radio and TV commercials for clients such as Dirt Devil, Clorox, Walgreens, Fiber Plus, Fancy Feast, McDonalds and Nesquik to name a few.  In the world of video games, Nan is the voice of Anya in the Gears of War trilogy, as well as Dr. Betty Ross in the Ultimate Avengers animated films, among many other titles.   Nan has voiced promos for various networks and affiliates, and narrated a number of documentaries.

She is also an award-winning audiobook narrator (Earphones and “Best Audiobook of 2016” for Mister Monkey by Francine Prose).  Her narration has been described by AudioFile Magazine as “richly observed,” “heartbreaking” and “smoothly shift[s] to whatever character, time, or emotion she is portraying.”  She has narrated nearly 100 fiction and non-fiction titles in many genres for Penguin/RandomHouse, Tantor, Christian Audio, HarperCollins, Oasis Audio, Skyboat Media, Dreamscape and Audible.

In addition to her work as an actor, Nan has directed numerous theatre productions including The 1940s Radio Hour and two of the three plays that comprise The Nibroc Trilogy by Arlene Hutton (Last Train to Nibroc and See Rock City).  The Nibroc Trilogy garnered six L.A. Weekly nominations (2 wins) and a Garland Award Honorable Mention for Nan’s direction (shared with Marianne Savell).

Other directing credits include the critically-acclaimed production of The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin (“Critic’s Choice” - L.A. Times, “Critic’s Pick” - Backstage West).

Nan and her writing partner, Ana Auther, formed Anagram Film Creations in 2016, a production company focusing on female-driven stories.  Their current project is a television movie entitled Women Tasting Wine.

Nan has taught acting and voice production at Azusa Pacific University and Vanguard University.  She also taught acting under Diana Castle at The Imagined Life studios in Los Angeles.   Nan is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota.  She graduated Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  

She is represented by WME for voiceover and managed by Etc & Company.