Announced as one of the four 2012 winners of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, Nicola will be given a platform to write, direct, cast and perform plays over during the year, under the mentorship of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective,
with technical assistance from the Baxter Theatre Centre. The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing, with a passion to launch a career as a theatre director. It offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective venue in Observatory.
Nicola received a Master’s Degree in Drama in 2010. Her dance theatre work frequently investigates performer presence, with choreography that investigates ideas and form through bodily artistic expression. She has taught at the Rhodes Drama Department, choreographed and performed for the First Physical Theatre Company and presented works in theatre and dance annually at festivals around the country. In 2006, she received the Jonathan Marks Prize for Choreography; in 2010, Spyt, which featured her choreography, won an Anglo-Gold Ashanti Fyngoud prize for Best Production at Aardklop; Loss and Having (which she co-produced and co-choreographed) won a 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Excellence, and she was recently nominated for a KykNet Fiesta award for Proximity Loss and Having.