CaST Profile: HALLER AT YOUR BOY!

Nancy Haller has been a fan of Chicago Street Theatre as long as she has been married to actor, director, and theatre enthusiast, Andy Urschel. When Andy came back to working on shows with CST's 2002 production of Annie, Nancy came down to watch her husband work. She had been involved with theatre through her high school years and encouraged her daughter Maya to take part in programs like Valpo University's Young Shakespeare Workshop when she was in elementary and middle school.
 
After Andy tried his Assistant Directorship for the Jim Henry play Backwards in High Heels, under the tutelage of Jonni Pera and Traci Brant, the pair asked Nancy if she would be interested in working with them on their next project. Haller agreed to join them for Steve Martin's The Underpants in the Fall of 2005. "Jonni and Trai, had already cast Andy and the others... so I think they just stalked my house for a while and jumped me when I got out of my car one night," laughed Nancy. The trio worked on that show and have remained close friends ever since.
 
Nancy and Andy then prepared for a production of their own: a second child, Sophia Quinn Urschel. Nancy said "Sophia made frequent visits to the theatre with Maya and I whenever Andy would be working on a show or she would often go with him to the Artistic Committee when he was on the Board."
 
In 2008, Eric Brant returned to directing after a four year hiatus and asked Nancy if she would be interested in Co-directing the Fall comedy Camping with Henry and Tom. Because she was spending more time at the theatre, Haller soon joined the Board. She also got involved with helping out with special events and providing the script and voice over material for CST's Denim & Diamonds Season Preview. "I love putting that together with Karl. We always have a great time," said Nancy. She added,"We're still doing the preview this year, but we're going to give a make-over and a new name, since other groups are doing similar fundraising events."
 
Next Nancy did two shows somewhat back to back with The Heidi Chronicles and The Man Who Came to Dinner in 2010. That same year she began chairing the Marketing Committee. While on Marketing, Haller guided the direction of the season brochure and other marketing efforts.
 
This June Nancy was elected to the office of Treasurer. "Right now we're making the transition from Tiffany Rhoda who has been working with Stan Christianson," she stated, "It's all still fairly new, but I'm excited about all the things we have planned for our 59th season."