Nikke grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and has lived in Marquette for the past 15 years. She received a B.S. in Theatre from Northern Michigan University and will receive her MPA focused on Arts Administration from Northern Michigan University in December. Nikke is currently the Artistic Director and Executive Director for Lake Superior Youth Theatre and Business Manager for Lake Superior Theatre. She is the resident director for Lake Superior Youth Theatre.
Nikke was employed by the City of Marquette for eleven years beginning as a Clerical Aide, moving to Arts Education Director, and ending her tenure as the Arts Administration Director for the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
Nikke, with executive direction from Reatha Tweedie, was the founding director of the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Youth Theatre program which began in 2011. She has directed
or advised all of the youth theatre productions and is very proud of how much the program has evolved and the number of youth that it has served.
Nikke has served on various arts and cultural boards in Marquette and throughout Michigan inclusive of ArtServe Michigan, Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, Lake Superior Theatre, City Liaison for the Marquette Sister Cities Committee and Arts and Culture Committee, Pine Mountain Music Festival, First Nighters Club, Marquette Area Public School Kaufman Auditorium Steering Committee, along with various city wide projects and events. Nikke is proud to have founded, alongside Camilla Mingay, the Blueberry Dance Festival and has worked on numerous dance productions and concerts.
Nikke was recently selected by the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Advisory Committee as the winner of the “Community Arts Activist” award for 2012.
• Youth Theatre Directing and Teaching Experience Includes:
• Directed and produced over 36 youth theatre productions, 4 dance productions, 4 dance festivals, 5 music concerts, and various community festivals, concerts, and special events.
• Led various workshops and summer camps for youth (ages preschool-12th grade) theatre from 2001-2013. • Instructor for Drama and Dreams Playscape Camp. This is a one-week theatre camp targeting kids with special needs, while being open to kids with all abilities. This project is designed to help children work on socialization skills, cooperation, and self-confidence in the context of learning about theatre, costumes, set design, make-up, facial expression, voice projection, and leadership.
• Instructor for the Marquette Area High School Alternative School teaching Acting during a residency with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
Nikke worked in the Scene Shop as a Carpenter as an undergraduate student and sound board operator. She has experience with lighting, sound, sets and building props. While her technical experience is limited, she has provided oversight on technical projects for fifteen years.
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