Nancy Breslin has long been a writer, from scholarly articles and book chapters in psychiatry to reviews and blog entries about photography. Scriptwriting is a relatively new endeavor, and perhaps not as much of a departure as that seems, since her three feature-length screenplays are all set in the art world. She has also been on the writing team of two 48-Hour Project short films and has written many one-act plays. She is a member of Women in Film and Video and Capital Screenwriters Network. Some projects are listed below.
Brooklyn Butterfly. Gemma Singer wakes up, hungover, in a strange woman's tub. The stranger is Jo, who becomes Gemma's lover and muse, inspiring artwork that catches the eye of Freddy Lee, a wealthy collector. This story of the subsequent battle between an ambitious artist and her patron is set in modern New York but inspired by a true story of art and ego from Victorian England: James McNeill Whistler’s creation of The Peacock Room for Liverpool tycoon Frederick Leyland. (Offical selection: Spotlight on Screenwriters, 2016.)
The Franklin International. When Debbie, the director of a small-town art center, invites Joe, a famous conceptual artist, to judge work for an upcoming exhibit, the culture clash causes sparks to fly. The show is a success for the wrong reasons, but when the art center decides to hold another "Franklin International," Debbie and Joe have a second chance to see if some of those sparks are really love. (Official selection: Spotlight on Screenwriters, 2015.)
Art for Heart's Sake. Melinda’s boyfriend has helped her turn watercolor paintings of pets into a thriving online business, and then surprises her with a store of her own. A “new business” contest soon pits her against Kevin, who owns a gallery across the street. Over time Melinda finds new love as she learns to measure success on her own terms.
- Beth (3M, 1F) is a 10-minute play which turns the story of Macbeth into a comedy set at a high school reunion. (Semifinalist, Heartland Theater Company 10-minute Play Festival 2015).
- Bushwacked (5F) is a 20-minute play that follows five female academics through several meetings of their book group as they argue over several issues, including pubic grooming. (Public reading, Playwrights Forum, 2016).
- Apartment 307 (5M, 5F) is a 60-minute one-act farce that takes place during happy hour in a Foggy Bottom co-op building. (Baltimore Playwrights Festival qualifier, 2016, under alternate title.)