An SDC Theatre Director with interests in Theatre of Social Conscience, Magical Realism, Solo Performance, and Farce, Nikki is the Founding Artistic Director of The People’s Repertory Theatre Company. Continually recognized for her directing, Nikki’s production of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off! received 10 Awards for Excellence from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Nationally, Nikki’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Rough for the Theatre 1 was produced at The National Symposium on Samuel Beckett and, as Director/ Dramaturge-in-Residence, Nikki was responsible for devising, writing, and directing the New York production of the collaborative musical, Voices, with The New York Institute of Dance and The Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Noted for her ensemble work, recent credits include: the world-premiere of Susan McCully’s delicious farce Voracious, David Auburn’s Proof, Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, and the multi-award winning production of Diana Son's Stop Kiss.
Acknowledged for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator, Nikki is currently an Associate Professor of Acting & Directing at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Nikki’s research on “The changing elements of language, image, and performative techniques in alternative theatre performance,” and her paper, “Social Conscience and the American Theatre” were presented as part of the Milton Center’s National Panel, Responsibility and the Arts. An advocate of inter-disciplinary work in the arts, Nikki has served as Moderator for numerous National Symposiums, including: Dead Man Walking: Theatre, Social Change, Prison Ministry, and the Death Penalty; Staggering Toward America: We the People(s)… Defining a National Identity; and Live from the Front Lines: Is Anybody Listening? Internationally, Nikki presented “Considerations in Mission-Centered International Arts Programming” as part of the International Panel, In Conversation… at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. Nikki also teaches and directs for the Munich Film Akademie in Munich, Germany.
Nikki is a Certified Meisner Acting Teacher and a proud member of the Society of Directors & Choreographers. Nikki teaches and directs in the US and Munich, Germany.
M.F.A. Directing, Illinois State University
B.S. Theatre Arts, Directing, SUNY Oneonta
A.A. Theatre Arts, Nassau Community College
Acting Directing Educator, Stage Director, Theatre Director, Meisner Technique, Theatre Professor, SDC Director,