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Producing Artistic Director
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Nick Sandys is playing Sherlock Holmes in The Mercury Theatre's world premiere production of the musical The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, by John Reeger, Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler, opening January 27th. He also choreographed the violence and coached dialects. Elsewhere, Nick arranged all the stage violence for Bel Canto at Lyric Opera, which was taped for broadcast on PBS' Great Performances later this spring. He also choreographed serious violence for In The Blood and slapstick violence for Prospero's Storm at The Theatre School at DePaul University where he continues to teach stage combat.
Productions with Remy Bumppo
Director: Travesties, Our Class, Seascape, Fiction, 365Days/365Plays, American Ethnic (thinkTank 2008)
Actor: An Inspector Calls, The Chimes, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Old Times, The Marriage of Figaro, The Real Thing, Tartuffe, Aren't We All, Arcadia, Hidden Laughter, Money, The Secret Rapture, No Man's Land, Hapgood
The Helen Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation For The Arts -- 2011 Achievement Award
Joseph Jefferson Award -- Requiem for a Heavyweight, 2008 (Fight Choreography) at Shattered Globe
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
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Romeo & Juliet, 2011 (Fight Choreography) at First Folio
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2010 (Fight Choreography) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2010 (Actor in a Leading Role) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson Nomination -- Twelfth Night, 2010 (Actor in a Supporting Role) at First Folio
Joseph Jefferson nomination -- Much Ado About Nothing, 2008 (Actor in a Leading Role) at First Folio
Joseph Jefferson nomination -- Around The World In 80 Days, 2008 (Best Ensemble) at Lookingglass
Joseph Jefferson nomination -- The Defiant Muse, 2008 (fight choreography) at Victory Gardens
Joseph Jefferson nomination -- The Real Thing, 2007 (Actor in a Leading Role) at Remy Bumppo
Joseph Jefferson nomination --The Misanthrope, 2004 (Actor in a Leading Role) at Next Theatre
After Dark Award -- Outstanding Performance -- The Secret Rapture, 2003 at Remy Bumppo
Dallas/Ft.Worth Critics Circle Award--Best Actor -- Thank You, Jeeves, 2002 at Stage West, TX
Stage West Awards -- Best Supporting Actor--Rough Crossing, 1989
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, 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, 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 35 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, 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, The 39 Steps (Cleveland Playhouse/Syracuse Stage); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Persuasion, The Sound of Music, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Chamber Opera Chicago); My Fair Lady (Marriott Theatre); Camelot, My Fair Lady (Light Opera Works); 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); 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); King Lear, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Henry V, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet, Comedy opf Errors, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet Quarto 1, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry I Parts 1&2, Macbeth (Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park); 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).
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).
Voice-overs for national commercials for Polaroid, McDonald's, Samsung, Nintendo, and Hampton Inns (UK), Web commercials for HBO’S True Blood and for Hampton by Hilton.
The Shadow; In Love with a Nun (2009 Cannes Short); Tinsel
Looking For God In Harry Potter; Finding God In The World of Narnia; Twilight Zone Radio Dramas (8 episodes); The Bible and over 25 titles in the Start-To-Finish reading series for teens.
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
Click here to read an interview with Nick conducted in October 2006
Click here to listen to an audio interview with Nick conducted in November 2006