Nick began working professionally as a playwright and actor in his teens. Plays then included Ordinary Levels (1977),
Holding Fire (1978) and God's Teeth (1979), all written for the Activists Youth Theatre, at the Royal Court Theatre
in London and as part of their Young Writers Programme. Fatherland was written in 1982 for the Midland Actors Theatre,
presented at the Edinburgh Festival.
Nick studied Drama at Birmingham University, England. He was founder member and Artistic Director of Bread and
Circuses Theatre Company, for whom he directed British and World Premieres of Dario Fo’s The Worker Knows One Word….
and The Tin Can People by Edward Bond.
He was Touring Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Education Worker for the National Theatre
of Great Britain between 1987- 1990.
During this period in Ireland he directed productions of The School for Wives and was director
of the Ulster Youth Theatre in Belfast, with productions that included The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Stations.
Between 1984 and 1987 he was resident director at the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, where his productions
included Martine, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Insignificance , and The Lover.
In 1986, he directed the world premiere of A Killing Time, a large scale, site-specific,community project at the
Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
In 1990, he was appointed Associate Director of Cambridge Theatre Company (latterly Method and Madness)
to Mike Alfreds. While there he directed Arms and the Man,
Lulu by Frank Wedekind (in a specially commissioned translation by Edward Bond) and a hugely successful tour
of The Hypochondriac.
Nick’s work at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art between 1989 and 1993 includes: The London Cuckolds (1989),
Spring Awakening (1989), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1992), The Pope’s
Wedding (1993), and The History of Tears (devised in 1990).
Nick has also worked with Theatre de Complicite directing Ave Maria and the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester,
directing the world premiere of Jackets II by Edward Bond. He also directed the world premiere of The Panic
by David Sawer, a new opera commissioned by Royal Opera House’s Garden project.
He was Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Actors Touring Company (London) from 1993-2000.
His productions for ATC include: Faust (is Dead) by Mark Ravenhill; Miss Julie translated by Gregory Motton;
The Modern Husband by Paul Godfrey; Shakespeare's Venus & Adonis - a collaboration with the radical
feminist dancetroupe The Hairy Marys; Saints & Sinners - a double bill of Genet's The Maids and Sartre's No
Way Out; and Fernando de Rojas' Celestina. Nick directed two texts for ATC by the late, renowned writer
Kenneth McLeish: Ion, (an adaptation of Euripides' play), and Orpheus. Both productions were collaborations
with Greek artists from Piramatiki Skini Tis Technis (Thessaloniki) and the National Theatre of Greece.
Orpheus was developed through workshops with members of Artslab at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity
College, Dublin. Both productions toured Britain, Ireland and Greece.
In 1994 Nick received the Wingate Scholarship with designer/director Stewart Laing and together they researched
the life of Foucault in Los Angeles, Death Valley, San Francisco and Paris. This resulted in a work-in-progress
Brainy at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, in the summer of 1995.
Nick returned in 1998 from a sabbatical, visiting New York to observe the work of playwright and director Anne
Bogart and her company, SITI. Productions in 1998 included Kenneth McLeish's unperformed translation of
Euripides' Herakles for the Gate Theatre Notting Hill. Later in the summer he directed Handbag, a new play
by Mark Ravenhill, commissioned by ATC, which opened at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and went on to win the
Evening Standard award for most promising playwright.
In the spring of 1999 Nick directed a radical version of The Tempest with new music specially commissioned by
Laurie Anderson and featuring eminent British performance artist Rose English.
He was invited to bring a company of actors to work with both the National Theatres of Cuba and Greece, where
he worked through the summer of 2000 (in Havana and Epirus) on Cortazar's The Kings and American writer
Caridad Svich's new play (based on the text of Euripides) Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell
that was her Heart.
His last production for ATC was The Boy Who Left Home, a new play by Michael Wynne inspired by the fairy
stories of the Brothers Grimm.
Since leaving ATC Nick has lived and worked in New York where he completed a major multi-media
piece The Booth Variations with Caridad Svich and actor Todd Cerveris. It has since been presented in New York
at 59e59, and in 2005 to much acclaim at the Assembly Rooms, in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival.
He was also the director of The Art Party's inaugural production of Elle, by Jean Genet, starring
Tony award winning actors Alan Cumming and Stephen Spinella, designed by Tim Hatley.
He has completed his first film, Kleopatra based on a short story by Elizabeth Hauptmann.
Other work in 2003 includes: Crazy Eights with Matt McGrath and Rosie Perez at the American Airlines Theatre
as part of the 24 Hour Plays Festival, Etudes (a rehearsed reading of Masterclass) with Faye Dunaway at the
Actors Studio, My Deah (a new play by John Epperson based on Euripides Medea at Williamstown Theatre
Festival with Patti Lupone) and 2want2 at Show Nightclub, a multimedia cabaret night. His show Meow Meow:
The Farewell Concert was also presented at The Belt, New York, the Hafen Berlin, and the Speigeltent, as part
of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and in September 2004 as part of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA
festival. In the Summer of 2004 he directed Cartoons by Nick Grosso as part of the 24 Hour Plays Festival at the
Old Vic Theatre in London.
In January 2004 he returned to his multi-media work from 1990 The History of Tears, which was developed into a
play with rock songs by Tony-award winning actor and musician Michael Cerveris, developed over 2 years with
writer/actor Michael Tisdale, and Tartuffe with the Graduate Acting Program of NYU. A professional workshop presentation
of The History of Tears was presented in New York in December 2005.
He has continued to explore his abiding interest in the work of Augusto Boal, developing the techniques of Image Theatre
within text and the devising process, with both actors and non-actors. He led a 10 day course for the Drama League
of Ireland, as well as contributing workshops for The Factory in London.
2007 marked Nick's return to Belfast where he directed the 25th anniversary production of Somewhere Over the Balcony
by Marie Jones, which opened in October prior to a tour of the province.
The Ship was a major work in progress examining the nature of utopias and the necessity for human evolution in both conciousness and responsibility. Based on the themes and concerns of The Tempest, and the true stories of the first inhabitants of a spiritual enclave in Tamil Nadu, India, it also presented itself as a biography of the great spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa, who became to be know as The Mother. It was first presented by students of the Contemporary Theatre Course at E15 Theatre School in the fall of 2010.
In 2012 Nick developed a new multi-media piece based on the artwork of a shoemaker over a 60 year period. Danny Braverman's solo piece Wot? No Fish!! premiered at The Point in Eastleigh and went on to play to critical and public acclaim at Summerhall during Edinburgh's 2013 Fringe Festival. The show has since toured extensively across the UK, filmed by the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be developed into a documentary, and will tour to the US (including Boston's ICA) and Australia. It was the recipient of the Brian Way Award for best new play for 2013.