Colette Nichol is an actor, writer, videomaker, producer, and entrepreneur, passionate about the process of creation and the sharing of transformative stories. After having spent four and a half years living in South America, becoming fluent in Spanish, teaching English, and working on her first solo show, Colette returned to Canada in 2012.
Her second solo show Swimming with Piranhas was originally mounted in Victoria as part of the Victoria Fringe Festival, and more recently was chosen to be part of the Gabriola Theatre Festival.
Unimportant Criminal, Colette's first solo show, toured across Canada during the 2009 Fringe, running for 31 performances and hitting up five cities on its east to west journey. More recently, Colette co-founded the independent theatre company Offside Theatre with Dimitri Vantis, successfully mounting their first show at Studio 16 this past fall.
Moving between Vancouver, Toronto, and Quito, Ecuador, over the past ten years Colette has pursued the study of various forms and techniques of acting ranging from the corporeal mime of Etienne Decroux, to Pochenko clown, Meisner, "the Method", Shakespearean acting, and musical theatre. She has had the great pleasure of studying with internationally renowned vocal coach Nikolai Kolesnikov as well as professor/voice specialist Dr. Iris MacGregor Bannerman and Canada's foremost Meisner teacher, Lori Triolo.
In 2015, Colette joined The Cold Reading Series as part of the year-round production team who are responsible for running Vancouver's longest running live script-reading event under the artistic direction of Lori Triolo. As a script-reader and co-producer, Colette works with CRS team to provide opportunities to established and emerging creative artists and storytellers.
The founder of Story Envelope Media, an indie media company that creates soulful online videos for small businesses, Colette is also working on a short narrative film which will go into production in 2017, and a feature set to shoot in 2018.
"With an entirely bare stage behind her, Nichol creates complicated scenarios using just her body, and her grace and sensibility in her movements is quite impressive. As the story delves into her family history, her character goes beyond the stereotype of the vain, narcissistic actress and delivers some surprising sentiments and thoughts on existence."
Tour de force performance...a remarkable artist. This production is a marvel that deserves to be seen and discussed.
-Raise the Hammer
"Cool style, a wicked costume, super make-up, a stunning voice and fantastical characters...not your typical realism in a box."
-Lisa Marie DiLiberto