In 2020 Nicole Harris moved from Engagement Director to co-Artistic Director for Monkeyhouse, a Boston based nonprofit dedicated to connecting communities with choreography which she co-founded in 2000 with her mentor and partner-in-crime, Karen Krolak. She is also part of the theatre and dance faculty at Groton School in Groton, MA. Nicole has studied extensively with Derick K. Grant (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Imagine Tap) and Lynn Schwab (Rhumba Tap, American Tap Dance Foundation). She has studied with theatre directors Margaret Hagemeister and Laurie Sales.
As a dancer has performed across the United States and in Canada, having her own choreography presented in New York City when she was only 19 years old. She has directed and choreographed dozens of productions for high school and college, including creating an original evening length work at Groton School that looked at the boxes people are put into and how we are perceived because of them.
Since surviving a series of strokes in 2011 Nicole has expanded beyond performance to include a range of community engagement art projects. In 2016 she created #BusyIsTheNewBlack, a project which took her to Europe for six weeks and worked in collaboration with 29 other artists across the US. In 2017 she kicked off Love Letters from Boston, a series of events encouraging the spread of gratitude through hand crafted cards and letters. Since 2016 Nicole has been Artist in Residence at Bits and Pieces on the Hill in Malden, MA. www.NicoleMarieHarris.com