Jamaican by birth. New Yorker by choice. Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director and educator with an interest in new play development and plays that deal with the past. A former history teacher, Nicole started directing in 2008 and works in NYC as well as universities and theaters throughout the US.
Nicole is a member of the New Georges Jam and has worked with New Dramatists, the Lark Play Development Center, the Fire this Time Festival, the New Black Fest, the Women's Project Theater, The 52nd Street Project, Signature Theater, and Working Theater. Credits include Robert Schenkkan's The Great Society at Asolo Repertory Theatre, the world premiere of Kevin R. Free’s Night of the Living N-Word (NY Fringe Festival), a workshop of Lenelle Moïses Merit (New Black Fest), Katori Hall's The Mountaintop (Kitchen Theater Company), the world premiere of the opera Approaching Ali, (Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center), the world premiere of Johnna Adams’ World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Eboni Hogan’s Foreign Bodies (2013 Poetic License Festival/2012 Women’s Center Stage), We Play For the Gods (Women’s Project), BlindSight: A Melodic Hypothesis (an original work for the Women Center Stage Festival), and Daniel McCoy's Eli and Cheryl Jump (NY Fringe Festival)
She has been a guest director at A.C.T's Conservatory (Las Meninas), Smith College (Our Lady of Kibeho), North Carolina School of the Arts (Joe Turner's Come and Gone), NYU (Born Bad, Milk Like Sugar, Ti-Jean and His Brothers), and Long Island University (Twelfth Night). Most recently she adapted and directed Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River Theater Little Shakespeare)
Nicole assisted Bill Rauch on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Seattle Rep premiere of The Great Society and was the assistant director on August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at the Signature Theater directed by Ruben Santiago- Hudson. In 2013, she served as an assistant director and production associate on the August Wilson Century Cycle for WNYC Radio.
Nicole has also had the pleasure to assist Joe Haj, Dominique Serrand, Joanna Settle, Giovanna Sardelli, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and André DeShields. She is a long-time volunteer at the 52nd Street Project where she directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Two Gentlemen of Verona with their teen ensemble. She was a 2015 Artist in Residence at the Drama League where she developed We Sat in the Death House, a devised movement piece with MJ Kaufman. Nicole is a 2013 Drama League Directing Fellow and the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award. Nicole was an invited artist at the 2011 Voice and Visions Retreat where she worked with playwright Dominique Morisseau on Paradise Blue. She is a co-founder and producer of the Working Theater Directors Lab, working with directors Rebecca Martinez and Dina Vovsi.
Nicole has been a teaching artist at the McCarter Theatre, the Tribeca Film Institute, the New York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York, where she has both taught and developed curriculum for their programs. Nicole is an alum of both the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab and a member of the SDC. BA: History, Yale. MA: NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Nicole lives in Brooklyn with her husband, playwright Tim. J. Lord and their dog, Henry.