In March 2016, Nicole returned to Hartford Stage (after previously seen there in A Christmas Carol) to join the ensemble of Romeo and Juliet , directed by Tony award winner Darko Tresnjak. The New York Times review, click here.
ACTOR. SINGER. MODEL.
NEW YORK CITY
Nicole currently studies on camera acting with Ted Sluberski (ABC, Williamstown Theatre Festival) and recently completed a year long acting apprenticeship at The Barrow Group in NYC. There, she studied scene study, Shakespeare, on camera technique and film making with artists like Seth Barrish ("The Actors Companion") and Lee Brock (Remember Me, Serial). Nicole currently studies voice with Edrie Means-Weekly (Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute).
Photographer: Amanda Pinto
Makeup Artist: Alex Layva
Nicole's On Camera Reel
Helpless (Hamilton)- Acoustic Cover
I Want You Back (Jackson 5)
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Originally from Houston, Texas! Nicole is proud to be a Texan turned New Yorker. NYC- Julius Caesar (The Public), Coyote (New York Theatre Barn). Regional- Romeo and Juliet, Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage), We Foxes (Goodspeed Musicals), Children of Eden (Bayou City Theatrics). Commercial- Go Red For Women (American Heart Association), Children's Advocacy of Connecticut (The Union Productions). BFA Music Theatre from The Hartt School.
Nicole is represented
by Nicole Astell at Prestige Management Group in NYC.
Photographer: Sangwoo Suh
Makeup Artist: Jelena Silver
Nicole performed in The Public Theatre's annual Shakespeare in the Park performance. Nicole was in the ensemble of Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis and assistant directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. The show ran in the summer of 2017. For the New York Times review, click here.
Figures (Jessie Reyez)- Acoustic Cover
Breathe (In The Heights)
Photographer: Saloni Agarwal
Makeup Artist: Ari Rosenbaum
My elementary school had these behaviour checklists that each student was to carry with them and get signed by their parents every week. They were thick, orange cardstock with columns describing bad behaviour a student could exhibit, like not turning in homework on time or talking while the teacher was talking, and rows where your teacher would give you a 'mark' if you were caught exhibiting those bad behaviours. Now 'marks' were serious business in grade school. The type of thing where when your teacher said in front of the class that you were getting a 'mark,' you would shamefully get up and walk your conduct card over to your teacher while the rest of the class lets out a unison "oooooooooooooh." Totally humiliating.
Now when it came to me, I never got 'marks' for the bad stuff like being disrespectful to the teacher or being mean to other students. But I did rack up quite a few 'marks' for talking. I loved talking (I still do). I loved making my classmates laugh with a funny joke. I loved having them captivated by an interesting story (that I am sure I embellished). So even though it all meant that I could get a 'mark,' I didn't care. I needed to tell those stories.
Cut to today: I am living in New York City with a Bachelors of Fine Arts under my belt and I get to tell stories professionally. I get to observe human life and put it on a stage. I get to give voice and an audience to stories yearning to be told. The life of an actor is obviously a difficult one, but I truly could not imagine a different one. Being an actor and a singer in New York City, I get to be elementary school me, but without the 'marks.'
Nicole is a freelance model in NYC and currently models for The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.