At age twenty-four, Nicole founded Surface Area Dance Theatre in 2007 and now has over fifteen years of experience in the arts. As a passionate learner, Nicole places investigation at the centre point of practice, which is supported by diverse and interdisciplinary cultural interests. In 2019, the British Council invited Nicole to attend the ‘UK in Japan’ programme of arts and cultural activities. The experience had an immense impact and on returning to the UK she immediately began to develop ‘Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones’, planned for touring throughout the UK and Athens, Greece, in late 2021 and early 2022.
In 2015, the Royal Ballet awarded Nicole a bursary to begin five years of British Sign Language (BSL) education that will culminate in June 2021, with an interpreter’s qualification. Nicole also holds a specialist interest in East Asian Buddhist thought and graduated in September 2020 with an MA in Japanese Studies from the School of African and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Under Nicole’s direction, Surface Area Dance Theatre has accomplished an extensive portfolio of engagements, delivered in partnership with patrons, charitable and cultural organisations, and institutes. Nicole is looking forward to directing a new and exciting relationship with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, beginning in the spring season, 2021. As a Barbican ‘Open Lab 2021’ awardee, Nicole is engaged in learning and development opportunities facilitated by the Barbican London; the award also includes one-to-one mentorship with Toni Racklin, Barbican’s Head of Theatre and Dance.