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About Nicholas Newell

I am an actor, director, and educator entering my fifth year as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Georgia Southern University. I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School and gained membership in the Actor's Equity Association performing for the American Repertory Theatre during my time at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
After ten years as a professional actor in New York City, I took a position teaching Acting, Movement, and Voice at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. During that time, I served as the Artistic Director of the Bok Players as well as a co-founder the Hilton Head Island New Play Festival, which produced staged readings of nine new American plays in three years, four of which went on to receive world premieres. I also performed onstage at Trinity Repertory Company and on camera in a supporting role in the feature film Locked In. Since arriving at Georgia Southern, I've had the opportunity to direct five widely varied pieces for the university’s mainstage season, two summer productions, a world premiere at Theatre of Note in Los Angeles, and two productions for Lean Ensemble Theatre, a professional theatre on Hilton Head Island where I am also an Ensemble Member.


2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Communication Arts, Department of

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Director of a Play, KCACTF National Awards (2016)
  • Distinguished Production of a Play, KCACTF National Awards (2016)
  • Outstanding Ensemble (1 of 2 recipients), KCACTF National Awards (2016)
  • Faculty Development Committee Summer Award (S.A.F.D. National Stage Combat Workshop), Georgia Southern University (2015)
  • Five Faculty Directing Awards (She Kills Monsters, Pillowman, The Mountaintop, Government Inspector, Fuddy Meers), KCACTF Region IV (2014-2017)
  • Teacher Scholar Institute Fellow, Bridgewater State University (2012)


  • THEA 3030S GER Brecht and Bauhaus in Berlin
  • THEA 1100 Theatre Appreciation
  • FILM 3030 The Detective in Film
  • THEA 3030 History of Musical Theatre
  • THEA 2333 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 3338 Rehearsal and Performance
  • THEA 3230 Voice for the Stage
  • THEA 3231 Movement for the Stage
  • THEA 3234 Acting for the Screen
  • THEA 4333 Acting Styles
  • THEA 4338 World Theatre (Russian Theatre)


2001 M.A. in Acting, Moscow Art Theatre School/American Repertory Theatre - Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University
1998 B.A. in Theatre, Hanover College
1998 B.A. in History, Hanover College

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8091
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5138
Office: Sanford Hall


University Directing Work (8)

Professional Directing (5)

Professional Acting (3)

Fight Choreography and Movement Coaching (5)

Vocal and Dialect Coaching (2)

Papers (3)