Teaching Faculty Lisa Nicholas
Director, Tepper Semester
- Professional Practices
DRA 500 - 3 credits
- This class is designed to support the student in gaining practical experience and knowledge of the entertainment business. During the semester students are exposed to experienced professionals in the field of theater, film and television through workshops and dialogue, field trips and hands on assignments.
Lisa Nicholas has served as director of the Tepper Semester since 2005 and has overseen the development of this full-semester, residence immersion experience for drama students in New York City. In addition, she has managed the Tepper Center for Careers in Theater at Syracuse University since its inception in 2001. She is currently developing the expansion of the Tepper Semester's curriculum, with plans underway for a directing program and a summer program for high school students.
Nicholas' acting credits include theater in New York City, regional theater, as well as film and television. Her theater credits include lead roles in: Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Titus Andronicus, The Three Sisters, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, Master and Margarita, Severities Mistress, Crimes of the Heart, The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Recent regional credits include Our Lady of 121st Street, Ashes to Ashes, and Beauty Queen of Lenane. Film includes: Suits, RIP: Joe Coleman, Her Alibi, Bloodrush, and Dadetown, which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Television: Caroline's Comedy Hour, The Dana Carvey Show. In addition, she recently completed a short film written and directed by members of the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
Nicholas is an alumni of Syracuse University. She trained in Canada, England, and extensively in New York City, where her primary mentor was William Esper, Meisner Training. She has been an adjunct professor of acting at SU since 1998. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.