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Nick Anselmo
Nick Anselmo
Associate Teaching Professor
Program Director, Director of Mandell Professionals in Residence Project; Producing Artistic Director Co-Op Theater Company



MacAlister Hall, 2017

Nick is the Director of the Theatre and Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). Since 2005, MPiRP has received four Barrymore Nominations for Excellence in Theater, and won for Outstanding Sound Design by Christopher Colucci with Azuka Theatre in residence for The Long Christmas Ride Home. 


Nick is the Founder/Executive Director and Resident “Playmaking” Instructor for the Mantua Theater Project (MTP),  MTP is an official replication of New York’s 52nd Street Project creating positive self-esteem building experiences using theater to serve the youth of the Mantua and Powelton neighborhoods.  The Courage Plays were a result of a recent collaboration with the Science and Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMs) and yielded twelve new plays written by young students and performed by professional Philly actors free for the public. He is also the Founder of The Late Night Series (LNS) created in 2002 and still running today as a free weekly open mic that champions and nurtures developing artists and features professionals and students performing in a free-wheeling eclectic coffee house environment. 


He has directed numerous productions at Drexel including Reefer Madness, Crimes of the Heart, Godspell, Our Town and the Laramie Project.  Before coming to Drexel he was the Artistic Associate/Education Director of the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, New Jersey, where he directed several productions for their youth outreach program The State Street Project.  He has also directed for The National One Minute Play Festival, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Mainstreet Musicals, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Hedgerow Theatre, Players Club of Swarthmore, Amish Acres, Musicana Dinner Theater and his own adaptation of letters from soldiers fighting in Vietnam for a show called Vietnam: Letters and Remembrances, for which he also composed the music. 


He occasionally finds time to perform as an actor appearing as Pop in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue at Walnut Street Theatre (also done as a staged reading at the Arden Theater), and Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Loyal the Bailif in Tartuffe for Mauckingbird Theatre.  He has appeared Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in their Musicals in Muft series and at the Ensemble Studio Theater working with director Rene Buch. He was a company member of The Pulse Ensemble on 42nd Street in New York City. A few of his favorite roles include the Cabaret Corp (Williamstown Theater Festival with Andrea Burns), Richie Valens in Buddy (Walnut Street), Biondello in Taming of the Shrew (Asolo Theatre), and Raul/guitarist in Fort Chaffee (World Premiere - Arkansas Repertory with choreographer Mia Michaels), Into the Woods (Jekyll Island) and Zorba (Apple Tree). 


He studied Meisner Technique at the True Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg, and acting with Uta Hagen, Robert Cohen, Eli Simon, John Basil (Folio Shakespeare), and Song Performance with David Brunetti and Helen Gallagher.  He has an MFA in Musical Theater from University of California-Irvine, a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University, and is completing a certificate in Meisner Actor Training.