cURRICULUM vITAE

Curriculum Vitae

Nicole Clay

dba Nikki Skies

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Theatre professional with over 15 years of acting, writing, directing experience. A passionate public speaker advocating on the visibility and centering of black feminine narratives in creative works of theatre, film and fiction writing. Member of SAG/AFTRA, Black Theatre Network, Dramatist Guild and Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Intense educator, with the ability to motivate students towards arts appreciation through interdisciplinary studies. Organized curriculum planner with differentiated teaching capabilities that enable students to discover their collective responsibilities and individual voice in the arts.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Spelman College – Atlanta, Ga.

 Instructor – Arts and Visual Culture Department     August 2018 – Present

Kindezi Elementary School – Atlanta, Ga.

 English Language Arts /Drama Teacher                    September 2016 – May 2018

New Deal Productions/MarVista Entertainment

BET Networks, Rebel                                                   June 2016 – November 2017

 Script Writer / Co-Star

EDUCATION

  • Theatre and Performance Studies       Ph.D.   University of Georgia (current)
  • Africana Women’s Studies                M.A.    Clark Atlanta University
  • Film Studies (Screenplay Writing)      M.A.    Howard University (Studied 60 hours)
  • Theatre                                               B.A.    Grambling State University

THEATRE

  • Breathe                                                                                                Dramaturg

University of Georgia, 2020

  • Bourbon At The Border                                                                      Dramaturg

Clark Atlanta University, 2020          

  • Orange Box Theatre                                                                            Playwright in

      Atlanta, Ga, 2020-21                                                                          Residence

  • Time With the Masters of Rhyme: The Last Poets

And The Watts Prophets

Hammonds House – Atlanta, Ga., 2018                                             Producer/Director

Theatrical Acting Resume available upon request                             

WRITER

  • Rebel Yell, 2017                                                                                  Poetry/Writer

BET Digital Networks, New York

  • Grace in Retail, 2016                                                                          Short Story/Writer

Amazon Ebook

  • The Town Dance, 2015                                                                       Novel/Author

MM CreateSpace Publishing

  • Yardwork, 2015                                                                                  Poetry/Writer

MM CreateSpace Publishing 

  • Hope’s Return, 2015                                                                           Playwright

National Black Theatre Festival, 2015; Staged Reading

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, 2015; Production

National Association of Dramatic Speech Arts Competition, 2016

       Winner – Best Monologue/Best Duo Scene; extractions from Hope’s Return

Alabama A & M, 2017; Production

  • Star Struck, 2014                                                                                 Co-Playwriter

Working Title Playwrights, Atlanta, Ga.

  • Son Unknown, 2009                                                                            Playwright
  • Honey Pocket, Wind & Hips, 2008                                                     Poetry/Writer

Outskirts Publishing

  • Mississippi Window Cracks, 2007                                                       Author

Outskirts Publishing

  • His Rib (An Anthology), 2007                                                           Contributing Writer

Penmanship Publishing                                                          

  • These Civil Rights of Mine, 2005                                                        Playwright/Director

Commissioned work:

Alumni Chapter of Spelman/Morehouse College Los Angeles Chapter

  • Lyric Café, 2003                                                                                 TV Writer

Strange Fruit Films, BET Networks, Los Angeles

  • Written in Stone, 2002                                                                         Playwright/Director

Lucy Florence Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles

  • Malcolm and Eddie, 2000                                                                   TV Writer

Columbia Tri-Star, UPN

  • Gulps of Goodness, 2000                                                                    Screenplay/Director

Howard University, Washington D.C.

Conference/Collegiate Lecturer Appearances                       

Spotlight Please: Black Women’s Narrative in Theatre- Workshop Facilitator (2019)

Audre Lorde Conference Spelman College

Do We Know Your Name? Book Tour/Reading for The Town Dance (2015)                         

  • California State University at Los Angeles (Cup of Culture Series)
  • Jackson State University (Margaret Walker Research Center) – Jackson, Ms.
  • Still Waters Writer’s Workshop – Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Fairmount State University (Women’s Studies) – Fairmount, West Virginia
  • Purdue University (Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies) – West Lafayette, In.

One Day White Woman Performance Lecture on Critical Race Theory and Beauty Standards  

  • Missouri State University (Columbia, Mo.-2005)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, Ca.-2002)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, Ca.-2003)

Poetry Styles Workshop Facilitator                          

  • Narbonne High School (Carson, Ca.-2018)
  • Poet’s Happy Hour (Kansas City, Mo.-2015)
  • Living Thru Art (Atlanta, Ga.-2010)
  • Oasis High School (Oakland, Ca.-2004)

The Rise and Demise of Women in Hip Hop and Poetry Lecturer (2004)   

  • Sarah Lawrence College

Poets: Modern Day Griots Lecturer                            

  • Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, Fl.-2007)
  • Museum of African American Art Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Ca.-2005)

“Images of Women” Panel Member w/Gloria Steinem (2009)

  • Chicago State University

The Black Panthers Remembered w/Elaine Brown (2004) 

  • Occidental College

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

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