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Nick Slimmer

This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Arts & Learning alumni, Nick Slimmer. Read his story below!

This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Arts & Learning alumni, Nick Slimmer. Read his story below!

 I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2016, and I am now taking online courses at Arizona State University to receive my Bachelors in Education.

I currently work full time at the Tony Award-winning Regional Theatre, South Coast Repertory. I work there as a Conservatory and Educational Programs Associate. I, along with my colleagues run the Acting Conservatory for kids, teens, and adults with typically around 600 students. Another one of my roles there is to lead the charge on our Theatre for Young Audience student productions. I coordinate with schools and school districts from all over Orange County to provide students with a free theatrical experience in order to introduce them to the world of live theatre. We typically, again pre-pandemic, would bring in roughly 10,000 students over the course of a season, some of them seeing a play for the very first time. In addition to the Theatre for Young Audience productions for elementary school students, I also maintain a program called Theatre Access which gives middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities the opportunity to sign their classes up to come see our mainstage and second stage productions free of charge as well.

In addition to all of that, I still try to find time to nourish the artistic spirit that has lived on since my time at Arts & Learning. I am a founding company member at Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest. We specialize in Unscripted, or improvised, plays in specific styles or genres. One of my favorites, and our most popular, is our annual “An Unscripted Hallmark Christmas” which replicates the popular holiday Hallmark movies only as completely improvised full length plays. I am also a series regular on a popular web-series “Life as a Mermaid” with almost 350,000 subscribers and over 10 million views.