What does going beyond look like?  For me, it's naming the ways I've been complicit in enforcing white supremacist values in my theatre career; as student, educator, actor and director and then deciding to be purposeful in seeking knowledge from those whose contributions to theatre have been minimized, discounted, appropriated, and ignored.  Beyond is discovering how theatre can be diverse, innovative, and exciting for ALL.  





Conscientious theatre training defined

CTT is dedicated to equitable anti-racist representation in all areas of theatre through disrupting harmful erasure present in traditional theatre training through purposeful inclusion of marginalized groups contributions to the cannon of theatre, fusing together cultural competency, self care practices, and anti-racist theory to create an embodied experience where participants learn to utilize their sphere of power to disrupt white supremacy culture. 


Latest Happenings

and whatnot...

Highlights from 2020

Became Board Member of PAAL


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2019: a year in Review  

Jan  2019

Directed Milk Like Sugar @ The Black Rep in St. Louis


Enjoyed my time in St. Louis and all the incredible talent I was blessed to work with. 

2019 Spring Semester


NTI & Conn College

I'm commuting in order to teach brilliant minds at both Conn College and NTI A.R.T.  

Feb 2019

Anti-racist Theatre Workshop 


Invited to the University of Cambridge in the UK to share foundational anti-racist theatre practices with students and theatre professionals! 

April 2019

Humana Festival 

Spark Panel


Invited to join a panel of amazing folx doing incredible things!  I'll be sharing my thoughts on A.R.T.


Anti-racist Theatre Workshop

Invited to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Miami, and Shakespeares Globe in London to share foundational anti-racist theatre practices with students and theatre professionals!


2018: a year in Review  

ComplicitE Workshop

Feb 2018

Traveled to London to take a workshop with Complicite.  

American Theatre

Jan 2018 

In my article in the January 2018 edition of American Theatre magazine entitled "Training With A Difference" I talk about the need to dismantle white supremacist values in theatre training by utilizing cross-cultural collaborative curriculums in theatre training.  

On Whose Terms?...Ten Years On

Goldsmiths University, UK

March, 2018

Had the privilege of presenting a paper on decolonizing theatre at "On Whose Terms?...Ten years On" conference that unapologetically explored racism in British literature, theatre, poetry, primary education and more.  


April 2018

  • National Theater Institute as a visiting faculty

June-July 2018

  • Presented on CTT at TCG Conference

  • TheaterMakers @ NTI Visiting Faculty

  • Accepted a position as an organizer for a 2019 Convening on decolonizing MFA theatre training

Sept 2018

  • Acted in White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Theater Alliance

  • artEquity Facilitator Training in NOLA

  • Directed Jonkonnu @ Howard University 2018-2109 Season

Oct 2018

  • artEquity Facilitator Training Part 2

  • Conscientious Theatre Training workshop @ NYU Playwrights Horizons Studio & NTI

Nov 2018

  • Conscientious Theatre Training highlighted in American Theatre Best Practices Issue

  • Facilitated CTT workshop @ Yale University

Dec 2018

  • Presented Anti-racist Theatre at NTI's National Conversation 

Teaching Artist

About Me & My Workshops

Anti-racist Theatre

A.R.T is defined as practices and policies that do not actively or passively oppress any group of people in any aspect of education or production of theatre. By focusing on racist systems and how they’re fused with current theatre pedagogy and/or policies A.R.T. teaches the contributions of people of color and other marginalized groups to the field of theatre through Conscientious Theatre Training, as well as, reveals the intersectionality of other oppressive practices such as ableism, paternalism, gender & sexual orientation discrimination, bias of indigenous peoples, and sexism with the goal of transforming organizational culture to fully inclusive, multi-cultural, and anti-racist. 


About Me

My work exposes the shape-shifting quality of racism in theater, and provides a framework for theater organizational culture to transform to fully inclusive and anti-racist through the use of conscientious theatre training. 

I believe unceasingly that our collective liberation is tied to one another and the way forward is together.   


My workshops are taught through my unique perspective as an actor, director, and facilitator.


Each workshop is designed to be an engaging mixture of theatre games, anti-racist theory, self-reflection and collaborative exercises that model for participants what anti-racist theatre looks like through conscientious theatre training.  

My workshops are based in holistic practice* and designed to meet the needs of your organization.  The typical length of workshops range from 3 hours to several days.

* Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of every person's intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. It seeks to engage students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and collective responsibility.

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Naming Impact

She reminded me how 

powerful movement is for

 actor/character  development. 

Stephanie Pounds


2021 Doctoral Candidate

Working with Nicole is an absolute 

blast! Her wit, creativity, and

 passion are only surpassed by 

her kindness! 

Every room she walks into is 

immediately brightened. 

Sawyer Stroud


The world needs more people like Nicole; those who uplift the people they encounter, who identify injustice and seek to remedy it, and who are humble and always seeking to better themselves so they can be better for those they serve. 

Eric Ruffin 


Associate Professor