my name is nicHi.

i am a maker.

i am a performer.

i am an ARTIVIST.

i am a human.

i am a 2021 Broadway Women's Fund Woman to Watch on Broadway.

i am a 2021 Princess Grace Award - Gant Gaither Theatre Honor Winner.

i have a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts,

where i teach in the Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. i was formerly the Head of the Movement Department and now serve on the Faculty Leadership Committee.

i deeply value the opportunity i have been given to hold educational space with my students at Tisch. i am so thankful for the education i have received in my life, and pour every ounce of that gratitude into my teaching responsibilities. 

i also occasionally guest lecture at Yale School of Drama.


i make experimental theater.

some traditional titles that describe what i do include director, choreographer and playwright; i like to think of myself as a Maker. and i am grateful to Ars Nova for creating space in this industry for artists like me.

i have been dancing for over 20 years. 

i have been choreographing for about that long, too.

i have a Masters in Creative Writing from The New School.


i make Black theater.

this means that my target audience is Black folkx.

all are welcome; Black folkx are prioritized.

i am particularly proud to celebrate Black womxn & femmes in everything that i make.


i believe in children.

if i could do anything else in this life, i think i’d be a full-time preschool teacher.

i started a small business called BK Play! in 2016. BK Play! is currently a roaming art collective that encourages imaginative play for children ages 2-10. one day, i hope to open a brick and mortar storefront in my neighborhood of Crown Heights.


it can't hurt to articulate again: i am an artist.

as such, i believe it is my responsibility to project hope into the world through everything that i make.

i hope my art contributes to the legacy of artists that have come before me:

Lucille Clifton

Gwendolyn Brooks 

Maya Angelou 

Toni Morrison 

Alvin Ailey 

Adrienne Kennedy 

Katherine Dunham 

Ntozake Shange 

Nikki Giovanni 

Suzan Lori Parks 

bell hooks 

Faith Ringgold 

Tracy Chapman

Sonia Sanchez

and Claudia Rankine.


nicHi douglas resume

nicHi douglas  | 973.634.7479 | 

represented by Max Grossman | 



Playwright, Director & Choreographer

Co-Composed by Starr Busby & JJJJJerome Ellis

Commissioned by Ars Nova (world premier Spring 2023); featured in Prelude Festival 2018

The Watering Hole


Directed by Miranda Haymon for Signature Theatre Company

SKiNFoLK: An American Show

NYT Critic's Pick


Directed by Mei Ann Teo for The Bushwick Starr and presented with National Black Theatre

where love lies fallow

Playwright, Director & Choreographer

Commissioned by The Shed for Open Call 2019;

featured in Prelude Festival 2019 and the Under The Radar Festival 2020

Olay Live: The Road to Glow


Directed by Shelby Bartelstein for Olay/Gallery Media Group

Girl From the North Country

Associate Choreographer

Directed by Conor McPherson for The Public Theater

A Time Like This: Music for Change

Stage Director

Directed by nicHi douglas at 

Carnegie Hall 


“The Professor”

Written, Directed & Choreographed by nicHi douglas at Ars Nova ANT

Fest 2017 and JACK (Fall 2017)

Primer for a Failed Superpower 


Conceived by The TEAM and 

Directed by Rachel Chavkin at Roulette




(Untitled Black Cowgirl Play)


Dir. Colette Robert/Long Wharf Theater

The Second Body (A Play with Taxidermy)

Movement Director

Dir. Kate Bergstrom/La MaMa

The Visitor 


Dir. Dan Sullivan/The Public Theater

(Untitled Immersive Project)


Dir. Jenny Koons/Denver Center 

(Untitled Dance Project)


w/ Sam Pinkleton/The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep



Ars Nova

Vision Residency


The Public Theater

Devised Theater 

Working Group


The New Victory Theater  



Berkeley Rep

The Ground Floor

Summer 2019



New York University, Tisch School of the Arts -- BFA, Experimental Theatre Wing -2009 

Wits University, School of the Arts -- Johannesburg, South Africa – 2008 

The New School, Creative Writing Graduate Program – MFA - 2013 


2021 Sundance Film Festival - Women's Summit: Conjuring the Collective

Co-Director with Annie Tippe

Sundance Film Festival 2021

Untitled Mockumentary Project

Director/Executive Producer

Independent/Ars Nova

"Be Sensitive” 

“The Red Jar Tango” 

“Never Settle”


PureWow x Olay 

Late Late Show w/ James Corden

Featured Dancer





Modern/Hip-Hop/Jazz/Tap dance and choreography, French, Spanish, basic Trumpet, Bouffon-style clown work, dialects upon request