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Producing Artistic Director
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Nick Sandys will soon appear as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady for Light Opera Works, from June 4th to 12th, 2016 at the Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. He directed the recent production of The Life of Galileo for Remy Bumppo. He recently performed selections from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet with the South Bend Symphony as part of Shakespeare at Notre Dame's celebration of Shakespeare 400. He choreographed violence for Lyric Opera's King & I and for The Theatre School's The Translation of Likes by Nambi E. Kelley.
Productions with Remy Bumppo
Director: The Life of Galileo,Travesties, Our Class, Seascape, Fiction, 365Days/365Plays, American Ethnic (thinkTank 2008)
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Travesties, 2015 (Director) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Our Class, 2014 (Director) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, 2011 (Actor in a Leading Role) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Blithe Spirit, 2011 (Actor in a Leading Role) at First Folio
Nick Sandys is an award-winning actor, director, and fight choreographer, as well as an educator. He has been an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company since 2002, and took the lead as Artistic Director on February 1, 2012. He is also an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre and has performed in over 150 theatrical productions nationwide including performing at the Goodman, Northlight, The Mercury Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers' Theatre, Next Theatre, Lookingglass, Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Light Opera Works, and Chamber Opera Chicago, as well as regionally and Off Broadway. He has received eight Joseph Jefferson Nominations as an actor, as well as an After Dark Award and a Dallas Critics Circle Award.
Nick has also directed shows for Remy Bumppo, First Folio, Eclipse, Noble Fool Theatricals, Chamber Opera Chicago, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, Stage West, Circle Theatre (TX), among others. And his Jeff-award-winning fight direction has been seen all over Chicagoland, including over 50 productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago and over 25 at Goodman Theatre, as well as on Broadway (Steppenwolf's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), at The Metropolitan Opera (NYC), and regionally. Nick is a certified Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors and has been adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University since 1995.
Nick holds MAs in English Literature from both Cambridge University and Loyola University Chicago. He is the recipient of a 2011 Achievement Award from The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation For The Arts.
Other Theater Credits
As an actor, My Fair Lady (2016), Camelot, My Fair Lady (2009) (Light Opera Works); The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theater); The 39 Steps (Cleveland Playhouse/Syracuse Stage); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Pride and Prejudice (Northlight); Turn of the Screw, Blithe Spirit, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream (First Folio—Artistic Associate); Around the World in 80 Days (Lookingglass); Othello, Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Oedipus Complex (Goodman Theatre); Duchess of Malfi (Writers' Theatre); Sherlock's Last Case (Drury Lane Oakbrook); The Misanthrope (Next Theatre); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Persuasion, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Chamber Opera Chicago); My Fair Lady (Marriott Theatre); Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival); Making History (Irish Repertory); Othello (Shakespeare on the Green); Dancing at Lughnasa (Madison Repertory); Twelfth Night (Northern Stage/UWM); The Count of Monte Cristo (Ball State University - Guest Artist); Importance of Being Earnest (Texas Stage); Thank You Jeeves, Jeeves & The Feudal Spirit, Ion, Lend Me Tenor, King Lear, Twelfth NIght, Away, Sisterly Feelings, Serious Money, Blithe Spirit, Rough Crossing (Stage West); Pirates of Penzance, The Tempest (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); Once In A Lifetime, Red Noses, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dallas Theater Center); Dracula (Centenary); Camille (Long Wharf Theatre); Sherlock Holmes & The Hands of Othello (Off-Broadway), and 14 seasons with Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park where roles included Prospero, Lear's Fool, Oberon, Iago, Henry V, Benedick, Petruchio, Angelo, Hotspur, Fr. Lawrence, and Aguecheek
As a director, productions for First Folio Theatre (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth), Eclipse Theatre (Bedroom Farce), Noble Fool Theatricals (Twelfth Night), Chamber Opera Chicago (Persuasion, The Consul), Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Merry Wives of Windsor), Stage West (A Walk In The Woods, Breaking The Code, I'm Not Rappaport, Zoo Story), and Circle Theatre (Separation, Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet).
Click here for a video of Nick accepting his Jeff Award for Requiem for a Heavyweight
Click here to read an interview Nick conducted with Steven Dietz in August 2006