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Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Nick Trotter is a 2009 graduate of the MFA program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He has been active in music and theatre since childhood. He was classically trained in voice in the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and began guitar study at age 13. He studied for two years in the BFA acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, in the Playwrights Horizons studio, before transferring to the University of Colorado, where he received a BA in Geography in 1996. He has worked as a self-employed cartographer since 1999. He started doing posters and graphics in 2002.

Most recently, he created and directed The Book of Jonah, a shadow-puppet adaptation of the biblical story, which received its world premiere at the International Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary, Alberta in March 2011. Jonah  is in redevelopment and will be appearing in spring of 2013. He also created an abstract shadow show, Very Like a Whale, which premiered in June 2011 at CSA in Denver.

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

In 2008 and 2009 he collaborated with Four on the Floor's David Ferney to create Ferney's one-man show The Misunderstood Badger, which played at The Arcata Playhouse and at the Ko Festival in Amherst, Massachusetts.

As his clown Ferdinand the Magnificent, he toured Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, in January 2008 with Rudi Galindo and Clowns Without Borders. Ferdinand also appeared in the 2010 New York Clown Theatre Festival at the Brick Theatre.

He worked recently as the Producer-Manager at Bovine Metropolis Theater in Denver, and plays there frequently in the cast of On The Spot, with the house team F'Actors, and as host of Fringe, the Thursday night house team showcase.

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

At the Dell'Arte School, Nick trained extensively in Clown, Bouffon, and Commedia Dell'Arte. He is one of the school's noted mask and prosthetic designers. He has worked extensively with Four on the Floor/The Arcata Playhouse on their outdoor spectacle Elemental, as a clown, musician and shadow puppeteer, performing in California and Pender Island, British Columbia. For the 2010 Centennial Celebration of the city of Blue Lake, he created and directed a special edition of Elemental's shadow show – a history of the city with original music and puppetry.

Other theatre work has mostly been with the theatre/music group Bonejesters, which he co-founded with David Leicht. They performed the original show Bonejesters in 2000 at LaMama ETC in New York, and later that year in Gogol’s The Nose at HERE Arts Center. Since then they have performed their repertory pieces Round and Obscurity Knocks in various venues around New York.

As a member of the Brazilian percussion ensemble Maracatu New York, Nick has performed in major clubs around New York with Cyro Baptista’s Beat The Donkey and performed and recorded with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. Maracatu New York also traveled to Recife, Brazil in 2005 and 2008 for Carnaval performances with Corpos Percussivos, led by Jorge Martins da Silva of the popular group Cascabulho.

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

As a guitarist, he has performed as a solo singer/songwriter and as an accompanist for National Champion mandolinist Charlie Provenza. In 1999 he moved to New York City and performed as a founding member of the theatre/music group Bonejesters and with the Celtic trio The Crooked Road with Liz Albertson and Lauren Stoebel.

As a composer, Nick co-composed choral music and percussion for Four on the Floor's Elemental in 2007. He has also composed and performed original music for: the No Name Dance Company’s The Sins of Virtue, an adaptation of the Ramayana (Boulder, 1996); The Nose and 2+2 by Harold Lehmann and Lake Simons (HERE Arts Center, NYC, 2000); Brooklyn Part I with Bonejesters, (NYC, 2001); and for the student production of A Mind that Doesn’t Change, an adaptation of Isabel Allende’s Simple Maria,  at Dell’Arte International.

In 2013, he launched Circo de Nada, a new producing entity for theatre and music. The first productions are the shadow play The Book of Jonah and Henry Four. Circo also performs as a roving improv team, with a varying cast. Our improv is very physical and mask-based, incorporating physical theatre principles into contemporary improv.


Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012

Photo by Amanda Loy, 2012