Sandra M. Nicholls

Sandra M Nicholls in When the Rain Stops Falling, Studio Theatre 2014.


MFA (Directing), University of Alberta, 1991.

National Theatre School of Canada, Acting, 1970.

Canadian Actor’s Equity


MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association)

Career Achievements

Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 2003–present.

An enduring career as a leading actress in Canadian regional and independent theatre.

Winner of the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2014

Winner of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award 2014

Winner of University of Alberta’s Unit Teaching Award: BFA Acting 2014

Winner of the Faculty of Arts Unit Teaching Award: BFA Acting 2012

Faculty of Arts Contract Instructor Teaching Award 1995

Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award 1990

Director and dramaturge, instrumental in bringing numerous new works to the Canadian stage. One work in particular, Ecstasy—adapted by a BFA graduate—went to the Edinburgh Fringe, and Irvine Welsh was quoted as saying, “It was about the best adaptation/interpretation of my stuff for the stage I’ve seen, and I have seen productions all over the world.”  2003

Founding Member, Vancouver East Side Theatre Front and Cultural Centre.

Founding Member, British Columbia’s Caravan Stage Company.

Recent Acting Credits

When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell. Dir. Megan Watson. Studio Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. 2014

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Dir. Simon Bloom. Studio Theatre, Edmonton. 2013.

Age of Arousal. By Linda Griffith. Dir. Wayne Paquette. The Maggie Tree.  2013

The Goodnight Bird. New work by Colleen Murphy. Dir. Brian Dooley. Workshop and public reading. Citadel Theatre. 2011

The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh, Dir. Mitchell Cushman. Studio Theatre. 2011

Shatter, by Trina Davis, The Maggie Tree. Dir. Kristi Hansen, Vanessa Sabourin, Lin Snelling. 2011. Four Sterling Award nominations including Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, by Mark Ravenhill Theatre Yes. Dir. Heather Inglis. Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, 2010. Four Sterling Award nominations including Outstanding Fringe Production.

Selected Directing Credits

Blavatsky's Tower by Moira Buffini. Studio Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. 2014

 New Work, artist devised. The Maggie Tree Company and Urban Curvz . Varscona Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. April 17-26. 2014. The Pumphouse Theatre, Calgary Alberta. 2014.

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, The University of Alberta. 2014

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph. Edmonton Fringe Festival. 2012

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph. Studio Theatre. 2012

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. The University of Alberta. 2012

Beckett Shorts: Krapp's Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett, Surreal SoReal Theatre, Edmonton, AB, 2010 Sterling Award nomination for Outstanding Independent Production.

Good Woman of Setzuan, by Bertolt Brecht, Studio Theatre, Edmonton, AB, 2010

Folie a Deux, by Trevor Schmidt, The Maggie Tree Company, Edmonton, AB, 2010. Sterling Award for Best Independent Production.

Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 2009

Recent Graduate Supervisions

2013 Valerie Planche 605 Independent Study Project  

2013 Simon Bloom MFA Directing Thesis Supervisor Thesis

2013 Simon Bloom 605 Independent Study Project

2012 Donna Marie Baratta MFA Directing Thesis Supervisor