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Our Mission

Out of the Shadow Productions was formed in 2005 to produce stories of recovery, self-discovery, transcendence and hope.  We support awareness and the communication across people at different phases in their lives, different life circumstances, and different cultures, breaking down the boundaries of prejudice, stigma, and intolerance.

About the Artistic Director

Nadine Bernard holds a BA in Psychology and English from Cornell University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, and an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Her play, In the Shadow of my Son was first produced by the Sarah Lawrence theatre department (John Dillon and Kevin Confoy, producers) as a workshop production in March 2005. Her full length play, Waiting for Fame to Come, was produced as a staged reading in Sarah Lawrence’s Downstage series in 2004. Her absurdist play, The Almost Baby, was produced in 2001 at The Kitchen Theatre’s experimental series in Ithaca, New York. In 1997, Somewhere a Sister, her series of four one-acts exploring sister relationships, was produced off-off Broadway at Theater 22. In 1995, Creative Theater, of Princeton, New Jersey, performed her work, The Jizo Story, based on a tale from Japanese folklore. She has also written several plays that were performed throughout the Ann Arbor, Michigan school district. Her short story, The Bouquet of Life, was adapted for film and produced by the cinema department of the University of Michigan. As a director, her credits include Monograms by Susan Mach for the Icarus Theatre Ensemble, Our Sister's Getting Married, Big Sister, Little Sister, and Gitel and Rivka at Theatre 22 in New York City, and The Unbroken Thread at the Harold Clurman Theatre, as well as various children's plays in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Shakespeare projects at Sarah Lawrence. As an actress, Nadine is a member of the Icarus Theatre Ensemble, having played numerous roles in the cast of The Polish Joke, Mommy in The American Dream and Katrina in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. In addition, she has been a performer with Creative Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, she appeared as a Wall Street secretary in The Family Man and a Brooklyn girl in Deuce's Wild. She also appeared in various new plays in both Los Angeles and New York City. Favorite roles have include the leading role Sara in the independent feature film Harvest Moon, Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the Lyon Playhouse in Michigan, Phebe from As You Like It and Nina in The Seagull with the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, California.

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