Nicole has experience teaching groups of performing arts students from middle school age to adult. Her movement workshops and coaching focus on the unique strengths and needs of the ensemble or performer. The work aims to:
- Build trust, listening, and play among an ensemble
- Strengthen each performer’s awareness of his/her body in space and in relationship with other performers
- Guide performers into finding physical forms that form the basis for characters and character states
- Increase stage presence and projection of the theatrical space
- Build awareness of theatrical levels of energy and the building blocks for creating movement and ensemble-based theater
“Nicole was an effective and fun addition to our rehearsal process. She came in to
concentrate on the physical and ensemble work for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater’s
production of Cymbeline, and gave the student performers a tool box to improve their
ensemble work on this production and future endeavors. Even when Nicole was not there,
the students took it on themselves to apply her techniques to the work, which I think speaks
volumes to the accessibility and efficacy of her teaching. And the audiences agreed!
Nicole really helped the work be its best!” — David O’Connor, Resident Director of Philadelphia
Young Playwrights, Temple University Theater Adjunct Faculty
“Nicole is an amazing teacher and performer. She is sensitive, attentive and caring.
She knows how to not only increase the students’ skill level but also how to make those
skills a deep part of the performer’s expression. When students work with Nicole, they
discover so much about themselves and about what it means to be in ensemble with others.
They learn how to integrate skill and passion and to perform with honesty and heart.”
— Dr. Kenny Gannon, Program Director & Professor of Theater, William Peace University
“Our workshop was wonderful! Nicole tailored the work to my students’ age and skill level and
showed them how to develop characters based on their own physicality. The students really enjoyed
it and we are still using some of Nicole’s warm-up exercises in class.” — Carl Martin, Drama Instructor,
Durham School for the Arts