NICOLE MICHELLE HASKINS
ACTOR. VOCALIST. DIRECTOR. WRITER.
Theatre is my first love...truly.
Marching through a Detroit parochial school parading in the awkwardness puberty gifted me, I became a storyteller by happenstance.
I started my theatre education with MOSAIC Youth theatre of Detroit and moved onward to the Theatre department at Wayne State University all with the quiet hope of growing into a woman and an artist that my pops would be proud of.
I am a multi-nominated Actor, Artist, Director, Writer, Lipstick Hoarder, Vocalist, Musician, Cat mom, 2014 School at Steppenwolf Acting fellow and an Artistic Associate with Black Lives Black Words International Theatre Collective.
A Detroit Bred storyteller proudly represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Soul Spectacular Aretha Franklin Tribute -2019
Hopelessly Devoted -Piven Theatre 2019
The Color Purple- Drury Lane Theatre 2020
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.
2020 has been an adventure. Lordt.
I closed my last show, "Her Honor", with Lookingglass Theatre under the fierce leadership of J. Nicole Brooks.
It was one of the most invigorating and emotional pieces of art that I've been gifted to lend my talents to. As it was also my last show in Chicago as a Chicago resident so the sentiment laid heavy on my heart when she closed.
For many Theatre artists an upcoming show is yet to be determined.
However I do know that the future of American Theatre is a Grand one.
Cuz We aint going nowhere.
We will remain vigilant and patient as we wait for the Theatre doors to reopen.
Stay Safe and Ill see you at the Theatre soon.
"...Nicole Michelle Haskins, whose towering performance as Sofia could withstand comparison to the Tony Award-nominated turn by Felicia P. Fields, which is no faint praise in my book."
CHRIS JONES -CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"...director Lili-Anne Brown, her all-Black direction team, and some of the city’s most recognizable talents as they put their own spin on the Tony-winning musical, led by cast members Eben K. Logan (Celie), Sydney Charles (Shug Avery) and Nicole Michelle Haskins (captivating in every scene she appeared as the feisty Sophia).
"Haskins, whose performance in J. Nicole Brooks’ “HeLa” with Sideshow Theatre was one of my favorites of 2018, is simply terrific here as well. Her Chess isn’t a hard person, even though she tells Silver early on “People call me Chess – but you can’t play me.” She is in fact a devotee of the game, and she tells Serena “It’s not about the winner’s skills. It’s about the loser’s mistakes.”
KERRY REID -CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Act two brings out the magic of the arch-villain Wicked Witch of the West – Evillene – played with scary humor by the dominant Nicole Michelle Haskins. She nails the R & B show-stopper “No Bad News” with outstandingly wild dancing from the ensemble. Haskins is, indeed, a force of nature! "
TOM WILLIAMS - CHICAGO CRITIC
"While some of the cast put things across a bit broadly, there are standouts: Nicole Michelle Haskins (who recently wowed in The Wiz at Kokandy Productions) makes a disarming Mrs. Webb..."
KRISS VIRE -TIME OUT CHICAGO
"One of Chicagoland theatre’s treasures, Nicole Michelle Haskins splits sides as the nosy postmistress Effy. Persnickety and petulant, Haskins is clearly having a ball as the town busybody, using her remarkable vocal control to killer comedic effect."
IAN RIGG - CHICAGO LAND MUSICAL THEATRE
2019 JEFF AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
Midwest Premiere of Hopelessly Devoted
Piven Theatre Workshop
" outchea living this dream "