“No one ever accused Nicole Ricciardi of being a timid theatre director.”
(The Berkshire Edge)
Nicole Ricciardi is a theatre maker and storyteller. She has directed, produced, and developed work at Shakespeare and Company, Primary Stages, Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theater, the Drama Book Shop, Chelsea Repertory Lab, Two River Theater Company, Shadow Lawn Stage, Circle East, Bushwick Arts, Central Square Theatre (Boston), and New Century Theatre. Most recently, she directed a critically acclaimed production of August Strindberg's Creditors for Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.
Nicole has also worked with her own company of NYC artists, designers, and musicians to create: The Juliet and Romeo Project, a cross-gender adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece; Roasting Alice, a modern, new musical based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story; We Eat Chekhov, a new play with music adapted from the vaudevilles of Anton Chekhov; Article 140, a stage adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Les Jeux Sont Faits"; and The Comedie of Errors (As Presented by the Miners of Hell's Half Acre), an all-male production of Shakespeare's play performed by California gold miners in 1852 (and two actual sets of identical twins).
Nicole has taught on the Theatre faculties of Drew, Syracuse, and Monmouth Universities, as well as the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. For two years, she coordinated Syracuse Drama's program at Shakespeare's Globe, London. She has led classes and workshops for Keene College, Shakespeare and Company, Eastern Connecticut State University, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The New York Film Academy, Two River Theatre Company, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Acting Studio, New York. She is currently on the faculty of The Theatre School at DePaul.
Nicole received B.A. degrees in both Theatre Arts and Psychology from Drew University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University.