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Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director, educator, and marathon runner. She is thrilled to be making her debut at the Washington National Opera. A stage director with a focus on new works and play development, Nicole was the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award. Select credits include Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Eboni Hogan's Foreign Bodies (2013 Poetic License Festival and 2012 Women's Center Stage Festival), J. Holtham's Favored Nations (The Fire This Time Festival), Tim J. Lord's Geo/Logic (TinyRhino), We Play For the Gods (Women’s Project), Veil’d (Rising Circle), Harrison David Rivers’ Delicious (48 Hours in Harlem), BlindSight: A Melodic Hypothesis (Co-Wrote and Directed for the Women Center Stage Festival). Homage 3:Illmatic (Black River Performing Arts Center), a workshop of Oyamo’s musical White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists) Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts), and Daniel McCoy’s Eli and Cheryl Jump (2009 New York Fringe Festival). Nicole was the assistant director on August Wilson's The Piano Lesson at the Signature Theater directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson. In 2012 she was the assistant director on Stew's new musical The Total Bent directed by Joanna Settle (The Public Theater). Nicole has been a long-time volunteer at the 52nd Street Project, an organization dedicated to the creation and production of new plays by kids ages 9-18 in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of NYC. From 2009-11, she served as the Shakespeare Director for the 52nd Street Project teen ensemble where she directed and toured Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The University of Calgary and the Banff Performing Arts Center). Nicole was an invited artist at the 2011 Voice and Visions Retreat where she worked with playwright Dominique Morisseau on Paradise Blue. She is also a co-founder and producer of the Working Theater Directors Lab. A former history teacher, Nicole has been a teaching artist at the McCarter Theatre, the Tribeca Film Institute, the New York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York where she designed and taught an interdisciplinary history and playwriting course for high school students. Nicole is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and the Women’s Project 2010-2012 Directors Lab. BA History, Yale. MA Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU.