Nicholai is Associate Director at The Lyric Hammersmith, London.
To launch their Autumn 2023 Season, Nicholai will be directing Romeo and Juliet at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
UK Theatre credits include: Tina -The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Grey (Oval House), Liar Heretic Thief (Lyric Hammersmith), White (Edinburgh Festival ), Gob (London International Festival of Theatre), The Book of Disquiet (Blue Elephant Theatre), I’ll Take You There (Gate), There is Nothing There (Oval House), Chet Baker: Speedball (606 Jazz Club) Portrait For Posterity (Arcola Theatre).
Film Credits Include: Hamlet Sort Of (2017), North East South West (Short Film 2016), Aingeal (2012), Dark Stranger (2009 Official selection Caribbean film festival).
Dramaturge credits include: Heart of Hammersmith, Feels, The mob reformers (Lyric Hammersmith).
In Autumn 2021 Nicholai wrote and created the Lyric Hammersmith’s large scale community play – Heart Of Hammersmith, telling intergenerational stories of the people, places, sights and sounds of Hammersmith past and present. Celebrating West London across immigrant arrivals, the rise of gentrification and the shadows left by Grenfell and the rallying of a resilient community.
In July 2020 Arts Ed London appointed Nicholai to their Board of Trustees.
Nicholai has been a MOBO Fellow.