Nan Barnett is a new play developer and producer, and an advocate for theater-makers and the theater they make. She is currently the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country's alliance of more than 100 theaters with a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays and the pioneering of programs and innovations for the new play sector. During her previous tenures on NNPN's Executive Committee and as its President she worked to create and implement several of the organization's revolutionary initiatives, including the acclaimed NNPN Rolling World Premieres and NNPN Playwright and Producer Residency programs. Since returning to the Network as its administrative leader, Nan has led the organization through the development and launch of its field-altering database, the New Play Exchange, added a fellowship program for directors, and is currently spearheading collaborative projects with American Theatre Wing and Theatre Development Fund. She was a founding company member and the long-time Managing Director of the nation's largest regional theater producing exclusively new and developing plays, Florida Stage. During her twenty-four seasons there she oversaw the development and production of hundreds of new plays and musicals for both emerging and veteran playwrights including Israel Horovitz, Lee Blessing, William Mastrosimone, Tammy Ryan, Steven Dietz, Jeffrey Hatcher, Catherine Trieschmann, Christopher McGovern, Deborah Zoe Laufer, and Nilo Cruz.
A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts' Professional Actor Training Program, she is the winner of the Theatre League of South Florida's Remy Award for service to the theatrical community, the Fallon Award for excellence from the Florida Professional Theatre Association, and twice South Florida's Carbonell Award as an actress.
She was a member of the inaugural Helen Hayes Awards' New Play Panel and is on the Artistic Council of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Nan was a Coordinating Producer for the nationally acclaimed Women's Voices Theater Festival in the nation's capital region, where more than 50 theaters joined together to fully produce more than 50 world premieres of plays by women writers in the fall of 2015.