Nick Sandys | 2011 Honoree

Nick Sandys is a fight director/actor/director who moved to Chicago in 1992.

Originally from York, England, he is a certified Teacher and Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors and his combat choreography has been seen all over the Chicago area, and across the country.  He has designed violence for Goodman Theatre (over 25 shows, including the recent "Stage Kiss" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Ruined"), for Lyric Opera of Chicago (over 30 operas), and for Northlight , Steppenwolf (including the Broadway bound "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?"), Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, First Folio, Lookingglass, Shattered Globe, Eclipse, Timeline, Noble Fool, Silk Road, Oak Park Festival, and for many shows at The Theatre School at DePaul University where he has taught since 1995.  He has also choreographed violence at The Metropolitan Opera in New York ("Il Trovatore" 2009) and regionally at Baltimore CenterStage, Kansas City Repertory, Portland Opera, Florentine Opera, Indiana Repertory, Dallas Theater Center, Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park, and Dallas Shakespeare Festival, among others. His fight work has garnered four Joseph Jefferson Nominations, winning in 2008 for his work on Shattered Globe's "Requiem For A Heavyweight."

As an actor, he has appeared with a number of Chicago area theatres, including Remy Bumppo (Artistic Associate), First Folio (Artistic Associate), Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookinglass, Writers' Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Light Opera Works, Chamber Opera Chicago, The Marriott Lincolnshire, Next Theatre, Irish Repertory, and others, as well as regionally with Syracuse Stage Cleveland Play House, Dallas THeater Center, Ft.Worth shakespeare in the Park (14 seasons), Virginia Shakespeare Festical, and many others.  He has garnered another eight Joseph Jefferson nominations for his acting work. And he has directed productions for Remy Bumppo, First Folio, Chamber Opera Chicago, Noble Fool, as well as numerous others in Texas and elsewhere.

Nick Sandys in Remy Bumppo's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

Helen Meier adds:

"Nick Sandys takes traditional material and twists it to find meaning for today."