Nigel Semaj

Assistant Professor

B.A. Theatre, Lycoming Colleg
M.F.A. Theatre, The New School for Drama

Pronouns: They/Them

Nigel Semaj is a director, movement director, choreographer, and educator from Washington, D.C. Notable directing credits include: Ntozake Shange’s Spell No. 7, as well as new works such as Black Hollow, by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, and “wolfchildren runslowly through a Bruegel landscape,” 1558 by Ruth Tang. Their adaptation work includes a five-female adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus entitled 10,000 Moor, “For Hylas,” a queer retelling of the Hercules myth, and Call Me By Any Other Name…Just As Sweet: a queer deconstruction of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Nigel worked as Movement Director/Fight Director of Heartbeat Opera Company’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio by Marcus Scott which became a NY Times Critic’s Pick.   Nigel recently accepted a position with Region 2’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a Co-Chair for the Irene Ryans Acting Scholarship.

When Nigel isn’t doing this work, they are vehemently cooking up a storm in the kitchen and baking cheesecakes for fun!  

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