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Nick Sandys Pullin

  • npullin@depaul.edu
  • Stage Combat
  • Fight Director -- The Society of American Fight Directors (1995)
    PhD (ABD) in English Literature -- Loyola University Chicago (1999)
    MA in English Literature -- Loyola University Chicago (1997)
    MA in English Literature -- Cambridge University (1990)
    Graduate Diploma -- Guildford School of Acting & Dance (1986)
    BA in English Literature -- Cambridge University (1985)
  • Performance
Nick has been adjunct faculty at The Theatre School since 1994 and is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has choreographed over 40 shows at The Theatre School including Holes, Hamlet, Pentecost, The Wrestling Season, Othello, The Servant Of Two Masters, The Beaux Strategem, Insurrection: Holding History, and The Grapes of Wrath. Outside DePaul, he is the Resident Fight Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he has designed combat for over 40 productions including The Passenger, Il Trovatore, Giulio Cesare, the 2005 Ring Cycle, Don Giovanni, Othello, Billy Budd, and the world premieres of William Bolcom's A View From The Bridge (directed by Frank Galati) and A Wedding (directed by Robert Altman). He has remounted his fights for Il Trovatore (2009) and Giulio Cesare (2013) at The Metropolitan Opera in NYC, as well as choreographing the Met's historic 2014 production of Borodin's Prince Igor, all seen on national HD broadcasts. He has also choreographed violence for Goodman Theatre (over 30 shows, including The Iceman Cometh (BAM 2015), the Mamet and Albee festivals, and the world premieres of Ruined, Stage Kiss, and August Wilson's Gem Of The Ocean), as well as for Steppenwolf Theatre (Tony Award-winning Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf [Broadway 2012], The Seafarer, Hot L Baltimore), Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Baltimore Centerstage, Kansas City Rep, Portland Opera, Florentine Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Remy Bumppo Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Next Theatre, Shattered Globe, Timeline, Eclipse, and many other regional theatres and colleges. His fight choreography has won four Joseph Jefferson Nominations, winning in 2008 for Requiem For A Heavyweight. Nick is a member of Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors' Guild, and American Guild of Musical Artists, and has performed in New York, London, Edinburgh, and Chicago. He is the Producing Artistic Director at both Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre, has received eight Joseph Jefferson Nominations as an actor and one as a director, and was named Best Actor of 2011 by Chicago Magazine. He is a recipient of a 2011 Achievement Award from The Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts.​