Nancy Ma is an actor, creator, and facilitator. She was raised in Chinatown, New York.

Nancy’s acting training started with Steve Braun almost ten years ago. It was in those classes that she began studying repetition and relearning the power of vulnerability. (Shout out to Brené Brown!) She has also trained with the late Jeanie Hackett, Chris Fields (The Echo Theater Company), The Groundlings, and Completely Ridiculous. She is deeply influenced by the breath embodiment and movement work of Jeffrey Crockett, the former head of voice at The American Conservatory Theater.

In both class and life, Nancy is interested in helping people become more honest and vulnerable, along with how to embrace their unique “why” for being in the work. Her focus is on helping people experience their agency and potential.

Nancy has taught acting and writing at local non-profits including, The Covenant House, Create Now and Young Storytellers. She worked as a community organizer for Girls Who Code and currently facilitates workshops with Change Agents, an organization that provides employment education for underrepresented college women.

Nancy has a BA from Williams College. Recent credits include Hacks (HBO), The Joy Luck Club (Sierra Madre Playhouse), American Bodies (Film Independent Project Involve). Her solo show, Home, produced by The Latino Theater Company, is a raw interrogation of belonging and acceptance. Home has been performed at school, festivals, and theaters around the country.

Explore Nancy’s classes: The Core Saturday.

Taking a class with Nancy is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking her classes.

The BGB Actors Summit


Once a month, Risa and Steve offer an opportunity for you to meet Risa, Steve, and a few of our BGB Master Teachers in our Online Studio for a FREE 75-minute LIVE virtual talk, where we’ll dive deep- in an online class setting- into how you can take your career to the next level, how we approach career and craft at BGB, and why your vulnerability and bravery are so vital, now more than ever.

And we’ll be here to answer your questions about anything- including the Industry, auditioning, career building, craft, collaboration, and artistic leadership in these unprecedented, uncertain times.