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Nicoll, Kristina


A 30 year veteran of the stage and screen, including 5 years in leading roles at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and an exemplary voice over career. Kristina Nicoll is an award winning actress. The economic realities of being a Canadian theatre artist beyond the age of 40, have expanded and diversified her considerable talents with the addition of directing, producing, and casting to her already extensive resume.Kristina was  Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto from 2010-2012. While at Tarragon she was responsible for casting and contracting performers for productions and play development workshops .The Tarragon 2011/2012 /2013 seasons are a testament to her love of Canadian actors and actresses, most notable is her casting of "The Children’s Republic" for which she scoured the city and beyond for the 4 young performers who led the remarkable play written by Hannah Moscovitch.Kristina directed 5 plays for Tarragon’s One act Play festival (now known as Fresh Herbs) an extension of The Spring Training project. She also directed the Banff Summer Festival workshop of "This is War"  written by Hannah Moscovitch.Kristina was assistant director to Alan Dilworth for the Dora nominated " If We Were Birds" by Erin Sheilds, and was assiatant director to Gina Wilkinson on "Wide Awake Hearts" by Brendan Gall.She is a valued acting teacher and audition coach and has taught for George Brown, Sheridan, Candore, Canadian Stage, Seneca and Tarragon.Kristina is the Artistic Director of Theatre Credo– and directed its inaugural production at Toronto’s summerworks festival 2011 : ‘Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl’ to critical acclaim.Kristina is a talented writer dedicated to using her life experience to help the lives of others– a sample of her writing can be read at www.cowbird.com.Kristina was elected to the National Council of Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) and completed 3 years of voluntary service passionately championing the rights of CAEA members.Kristina is a graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada, she is a Dora Award winner for best performance in a leading role ( Girl in A Goldfish Bowl ), a nominee for the Gina Wilkinson Emerging Female Director Award, and recipient of the Christopher Plummer International Fellowship for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  Kristina studies Shakespeare with Mark Rylance and Peter Dawkins, and has been a member of Broadprov for the past six years- an all female improvisation group in Toronto led by Kate Ashby.   

Professional Role(s): 
Acting Teacher, Mentor, Advocate