Nicole grew up 40 minutes north of Manhattan and was introduced to Broadway musicals by her parents at a very young age. Her parents ran a very accomplished theatre company in their hometown and she was up on stage performing in “The King and I” at the age of 4. Nicole spent the next 14 years studying dance (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Broadway, Lyrical) and performing in numerous musicals. Some of her favorite performances were in “Fiddler on the Roof," “Music Man,” “Oliver,” “Pippin,” and “Godspell.”
After high school she attended Ithaca College in the Musical Theatre Department. She then moved to NYC and attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She “Made the rounds" in NYC doing various commercials, soap operas, and also worked on SNL.
In the early 90’s, Nicole made the journey to Los Angeles to be the assistant to the Artistic Director at both The Pasadena Playhouse and Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills. It was there where she met Suzi Dietz and Joan Stein (Love Letters, Hedwig, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Kinky Boots) who became her producing mentors. She continued working as an actor in theatre, TV, and film.
Nicole started a family 12 years ago with her husband John. They live in Sherman Oaks with their twins Lucy and Elias. She transitioned into the school setting 8 years ago and is in administration as the Community Coordinator at a local Hollywood charter school, where she also teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre.
CHRISTIAN DAVIDSON NONNER
This whole journey began when Christian brought the idea of doing a musical production to her son's elementary school when he was in 4th grade. It was there she began working with Nicole and Josh to bring the magic of musical theatre to the students in the community. What began as a cast of 35 for a production of "Into the Woods," more than doubled the following year with "The Wizard of Oz."
Her interest in the arts began as a small child back home in Colorado, where she performed in her hometown theater starting at the age of seven. She is delighted to work with children, and to be a part of a company that focuses on developing their confidence. Christian believes that there are a broad range of skills that can be achieved through theatre that will support these young people on any path that they choose to take in the future.
When she's not directing kids on stage or taking care of her family, Christian is also a full time writer. A skill that only helps her work with kids to become their best creative selves.
Josh has been working with young people since the age of 14. He spent many years in his Chicago hometown as a director for after school enrichment programs, as well as local summer day camps. He graduated from DePaul University with a concentration in film and dramatic writing, and moved to Los Angeles to begin working in the field of children's and family entertainment.
Aside from working as a writer, Josh has also continued his work in education at a local Hollywood charter school for the last seven years. It was there he met Nicole and Christian, and as soon as he jumped aboard the team for "Into the Woods," he was hooked. He's since co-directed youth productions of "The Wizard of Oz," "Beauty and the Beast Jr," "Frozen Jr," and "Matilda." He continues his work at the school as a Performing Arts teacher across grade levels.
A self-professed musical theatre nerd, Josh believes every child deserves the opportunity to step out onto a stage and discover something new within themselves they didn't know they had.