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Nick Sandys Pullin

  • 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
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Nick has been adjunct faculty at The Theatre School since 1995, and was awarded the 2019 Adjunct Excellence In Teaching Award. He has also been a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors for over 25 years, leading hundreds of students through the SAFD's Skills Proficiency Tests since 2001.  During that time he has choreographed over 70 shows at The Theatre School including The Rover, Neighborhood 3, Luchadora, Richard IIITranslation Of LikesJoe Turner's Come And GoneIn The BloodRoyal Hunt Of The SunHoles, Hamlet, Pentecost, The Wrestling Season, Othello, Julius Caesar, The Servant Of Two Masters, The Beaux Stratagem, Insurrection: Holding History, and The Grapes of Wrath to name a few. Outside DePaul, he is a Resident Fight Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he has designed combat for over 50 productions including Don Giovanni, Wozzeck, Bel Canto, The Passenger, Il Trovatore, Giulio Cesare, the 2005 Ring Cycle, Otello, Billy Budd, the world premieres of William Bolcom's A View From The Bridge (directed by Frank Galati) and A Wedding (directed by Robert Altman), as well the recent revivals of West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar, and he directed the 2019 remount of Strauss' Elektra.  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 RuinedStage 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, 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 Shattered Globe's 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 was th​e Artistic Director at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company 2012-2021 and is an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre. He has received another nine Joseph Jefferson Nominations as an actor and three as a director, received a 2018 APA Audie Nomination and a 2018 Audiofile Earphones Award for his audiobook narration of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and was named Chicago Magazine's Best Actor 2011. He is also the recipient of a 2011 Achievement Award from The Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts.