Nicole Dietze

Nicole Dietze

Instructor (Two-Year Post MFA Fellowship)

Nicole teaches acting and Intro to Applied Collaborative Techniques. Her research focuses on movement training for the actor, development of new work, and applied theater. Recently, she served as Movement Associate and performed in Cornerstone Theater Company's Ghost Town in Venice Beach, CA.

Nicole has studied Physical Approaches to Performance with P3/East, Suzuki & Viewpoints with SITI Company, and community engagement with Cornerstone's Institute Summer Residency. 

Contact Me

251A Henderson Hall (0141)
540-231-8562
ndietze@vt.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Production /Research Areas: Physical Approaches to Performance, Suzuki Actor Training, Viewpoints, Develpment of New Work, Community-Engaged Theatre, Solo Performance
  • Teaching Areas: Acting, Applied Collaborative Techniques

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., University of South Carolina
  • B. A. , East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

What is the most important quality for a performing arts student to cultivate?

Courage. Courage nurtures persistence, vulnerability, curiosity, grit. And they nurture courage.

When did you make the decision to go into the arts?

When I was an undergraduate, I thought I was going to be a technical writer. I graduated with an English degree, minoring in mathematics. But in 2008, the job market was really tough! I was lucky to land a marketing position in a small start-up. Meanwhile, I performed in many plays, but believed that theatre was an impractical passion. When the start-up folded (no stock options for me!), I realized that life is too short not to invest the time of my life doing what I love. I read an interview with Hugh Laurie, whose work I admire from Fry and Laurie to House, and he said “…it’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.” That’s when I decided.

Something Unexpected:

I have had a few unusual jobs. The most unexpected was as a meat packer in a game-processing shop in the Pocono Mountains. Right at the approach of deer season, I was asked to help out a few hours a week and said, "Why not?" I enjoyed some really excellent cuts of venison as a result.   

Memberships & Affiliations

Certified in Single-Sword Stage Combat with The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).

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