Nancy COOPERSTEIN CHARNEY
Nancy Cooperstein Charney is an American award-winning director and producer of both stage and screen. Career highlights as a producer include the original Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer-prize winning play - Talley’s Folly - and the Emmy-nominated and Wilbur Award-winner - Snow in August - based on the book by Pete Hamil. She produced Viet Rock, written by Megan Terry in 1966, which was the first of the anti-Viet Nam plays produced in New York City. As a director of television, Ms. Cooperstein Charney’s work includes the LA Emmy award-winning film –Pioneer Women - The Wonder Years and the ABC Afternoon Special - UNDER THE LIMIT. Cooperstein Charney’s film work includes the short film – Private Debts - that was featured at Sundance, London, Deauville and Toronto Film Festivals. It won the Chigago Film Festival’s Golden Hugo Award, was shown on SHOWTIME and was hailed by Variety as a “classic tragedy (whose) direction is right on the mark, going for the rich subtext of feeling.”
Cooperstein Charney’s latest work showcases her as both producer and director of the feature-length documentary film WHO’S NEXT? due to be released in 2019. This powerful and timely film shines a light on how Muslim Americans have suffered from bigotry post 9/11, while encouraging viewers to choose knowledge over ignorance, take action to prevent hate speech, and get to know those who are different from them so that the challenges of marginalized communities can be effectively addressed. "WHO'S NEXT? is the type of artistic expression essential to those who cherish the concept of democracy." David Rothenberg, Host of ANY SATURDAY, WBAI
Cooperstein Charney grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts where she began her professional acting career at age 11, appearing opposite Edward Arnold in The Apple of His Eye. She then went on to produce, direct and narrate the weekly radio program, Juniors Speak. Later in New York City, she continued her radio career on WEVD, where she wrote, directed and produced a weekly program called Women in the News.
Her acting credits include Elaine May's Name of a Soup and A New Leaf, Jean Claude Van Itallie's King of the United States and Mystery Play and Connie Kaiserman’s My Little Girl. She was an acting member of Andre Gregory's Manhattan Project, and an acting/teaching member of The Working Theatre, a project of Joe Chaiken and Kristin Linklater. As such she was awarded the title of “Master Teacher” from the Rockefeller Foundation. Cooperstein Charney has taught acting to prisoners on Riker’s Island and taught teachers how to use acting as an instructional tool through the Teachers and Writers Collaborative. A graduate of Bennington College, Cooperstein Charney continued her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse, The Berghoff School and Columbia University.
Cooperstein Charney lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jordan Charney. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.