“What I love most about Nancy is that she does not impose a blanket technique on all of her students, but instead works with each of them as individuals, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and tailoring her instruction to improve each student's work. She is brutally honest when necessary, but never instructs from a place of ego (ie. “my way or the highway”), instead embracing collaboration. She is the best teacher I have ever had.”
“It's a gift working with Nancy. She's the Sherlock Holmes of investigating story, a samurai of dissecting dialogue and the top chef of cooking up the inner workings of bringing a character to life from the page to the camera. She gives you the springboard needed to go play on set.”
“Working with Ms. Banks is like hunting for gold while improvising jazz, playing tennis and throwing paint on a canvas pollack style. It's electric, it's inspiring and it's all rooted in her compassion, appreciation and love for the actor.”
“Nancy Banks guided me, with zero fuss and minimal angst, to an understanding of my character until he felt like a second skin. A true pro in every aspect of the acting craft. Please don't everyone who visits this site hire her 'cuz I'm going to need her in the future.”
“As a first time director, the idea of learning how to talk to actors terrified me. On the insane laboratory of a film set, where 200 people would be standing around waiting for me to give the right direction before we lost our light, how would I know what to ask for? What would I do when an actor couldn't reach the emotional place I needed them to get to?Nancy and I started by breaking down the script, scene by scene, so that I could distill each character's intention down to one simple, playable objective. She challenged me to be clear with myself about what I wanted, which made it easier to go into the rehearsal process with an open mind. The trust Nancy showed me allowed me to extend the same trust to my cast, and they in me. By the time we were shooting, they felt free enough to give honest performances and I felt confident enough to explore with them, all the while knowing that if things strayed too far, I could bring it all back to the simple objectives Nancy helped me identify.In a nutshell, Nancy Banks is my hero. I mean it when I say I couldn't have done it without her. She taught me to be so prepared that I was confident enough to throw all that prep out and live in the moment – which, I now understand, is the whole point. I can't imagine ever making a movie without her again.”
“Working with Nancy has been a game changing experience. Her process illuminates the truth within a scene, clarifies ambiguities, and creates opportunities to deeply and authentically connect you to the character and the piece. She is powerfully dedicated; rolling up her sleeves and diving into the text even before you meet, coming to the session with a thorough understanding of the material. Nancy finds ways to guide her actors specifically but never rigidly, instilling confidence and a sense of play while simultaneously providing countless opportunities for lasting growth as an artist. Simply said, her approach to coaching is deep, therapeutic, enlightening, beneficial, and every single time leaves me feeling inspired to work!”
“Nancy has the courage, wisdom, and enthusiasm that you need to grow and develop as an actor. She possesses the warmth and compassion to make you feel supported in your craft. No one will give you more effective tools in navigating your way through a role regardless of your level of experience. Working with her is exciting, inspiring, and transformative. She gives you everything you need to do the best work that you're capable of.”The Normal Heart
"Nancy has been instrumental in creating every character I've played in the past seven years. I do not do an audition or walk onto a set without having worked with her beforehand. She's my secret weapon!"