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Nick Sandys

Producing Artistic Director

Birthplace: Coventry, England

Productions with Remy Bumppo


Director: 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

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
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 (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth), Noble Fool Theatricals (Twelfth Night), Chamber Opera Chicago (Persuasion, The Consul), Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park (Hamlet, Much Ado, Merry Wives), Stage West (A Walk In The Woods, Breaking The Code, I'm Not Rappaport), and Circle Theatre (Separation, Goodnight Desdemona).

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

Audio Books
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.

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

Latest News

Nick Sandys would now be resting after opening Travesties at the end of March, but the laurels are going begging and instead he has been busy planning next season and beyond.  In his few moments of relaxation, he still managed to squeeze in a little combat coaching for Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago and a number of corporate voiceovers.





Online Interviews/Articles

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.

Performance Photos of Nick Sandys

Mourning Becomes Electra: Annabel Armour and Nick SandysMourning Becomes Electra: Nick Sandys and Kelsey BrennanThe Goat or, Who Is Sylvia: Annabel Armour and Nick Sandys. Photo by Johnny Knight.The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia: Nick Sandys, Will Allan, and Michael Joseph Mitchell. Photo by Johnny Knight.Old Times: Nick Sandys, Linda Gillum. Photo by Johnny KnightOld Times: Nick Sandys as DeeleyVictory Gardens Theatre Artistic Director Dennis Zacek, Artistic Associate Nick Sandys and Zina BermanLes Liaisons Dangereuses: Nick Sandys, Rebecca Spence. Photo by Johnny Knight
thinkTank: American Ethnic, directed by Nick Sandys: Idris Goodwin, Kelly Tsai, Usman Ally. Photo by Johnny KnightARCADIA: Nick Sandys, Linda Reiter (2004)TARTUFFE: Linda Gillum, Nick Sandys (2006)THE REAL THING: Rachel Sondag, Nick Sandys (2006)