my name is nicHi.
i spell my name this way because to embrace my difference.
i am a performer.
i am a writer.
i am an artist.
i am an activist.
i have a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
i teach there now, in the Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. i am the Head of the Movement Department.
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 make experimental theater.
some “traditional” titles that describe what i do include director, choreographer and playwright; but 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:
Suzan Lori Parks
and Claudia Rankine.
nicHi douglas resume
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Playwright, Director & Choreographer
Commissioned by Ars Nova (U.S. premier TBA); featured in Prelude Festival 2018
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
Last Stop on Market Street
Directed by David Mendizabal for Atlantic Theater Company for Kids
Girl From the North Country
Directed by Conor McPherson for The Public Theater
they told us not to pray
Director & Choreographer
Directed & Choreographed by nicHi douglas, Devised in collaboration with the cast at Playwrights Horizons Downtown
A Time Like This: Music for Change
Directed by nicHi douglas at
Choreographed by Ani Taj for
The Dance Cartel at American Repertory Theatre/OBERON
BLACK GIRL MAGIC SHOW!
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
An Encores! Presentation Directed by Sam Pinkleton at City Center (NYC) & The Delacorte/The Public Theater
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
The Public Theater
The New Victory Theater
The Ground Floor
Fresh Ground Pepper
“The Red Jar Tango”
PureWow x Olay
MSNBC - The 5th Annual Revvies
Late Late Show w/ James Corden
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