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Training: Nicola has trained in theatre, design and fine art. MA Theatre Directing (Middlesex University, London), GITIS – Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (Moscow), Lincoln Centre Theatre Directors’ Lab (New York), NIDA (Sydney), ROH attachment (London), B. Design Visual Communications (UTS & Central Saint Martins) and Fine Art (Slade, London).

Directing includes: GOING BUSH (Bush Theatre), THE SUICIDE SHOP (St James Theatre), THE POWER OF POISON, Lab Presentation (Old Truman Brewery), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (UK Tour), RUBEN GUTHRIE (New Wimbledon Studio), COLLISION (Latitude & Bestival), EARTHWORKS (Arcola), LITTLE WOMEN, In Concert (West End); FIGARO Revival (Buxton Opera Festival); IronBark’s THEATRE ASHES (Latitude), MAMAN and THE EDGE (Theatre503),  FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Cambridge Arts Theatre), THE 52 SHOW (Leicester Square Theatre), CAN I GET A KISS FROM DAISY? (Old Vic, reading), MISS JULIE (Sterts Theatre, Cornwall), SCENES OF A MASSACRE (Custard Factory, Birmingham), THE TEMPEST (New Theatre, Sydney).

Other Credits include: Associate Director on THE LADYKILLERS (Liverpool Playhouse, West End & UK Tour), ONCE (West End), GHOST STORIES (West End), 39 STEPS (West End), GREAT EXPECTATIONS (ETT & Watford Palace), FLASHDANCE (West End), MY FAIR LADY (Cyprus, Malaysia, Singapore), KES (Liverpool Everyman Playhouse), Resident Director on UK tours of ASPECTS OF LOVE and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK; SOUND OF MUSIC (UK Tour), FOLLIES (London Palladium), A FAMILY AFFAIR (Arcola) and EUGENE ONEGIN (BYO, West End).

Nicola is currently Resident Director with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, THE WINTER’S TALE, HARLEQUINADE, ALL ON HER OWN and ROMEO AND JULIET. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of IronBark, presenting Australian Theatre in the UK.

And her favourite Shakespeare quote?

“It is the mind that makes the body rich.”

My Favourite Thing About The HandleBards:

The ambition, irreverence, absurdity, professionalism and sheer enthusiasm with which the whole team approaches and reinvents plays that have existed for centuries. The work is inspiring and it is exceptionally exciting. We’re literally (re)inventing things to do with the wheel – of a bike.

If Shakespeare Was Alive Today:

I would ask him if the use of emojis has influenced his approach to modern verse.

The Biggest Adventure I've Ever Had:

Was on a ferry from Aqaba to Nuweibe…