Nicole Wiesner

The word progress on my mothers lips doesnt ring true


 Nicole is the Associate Artistic Director of the Trap Door  Theatre (joined 1998). Directing credits for the company  include Minna and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Some of her favorite Trap acting credits include First Ladies (dir. Zeljko Djukic, Joseph Jefferson Citation:  Outstanding Actress); OVERWEIGHT, unimportant: MISSHAPE (dir. Yasen Peyankov); and the title roles in The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant; Nana (dir. Beata Pilch) and Alice in Bed. (Director Dado).

Regionally, she has appeared at the Goodman in Shining City, directed by Robert Falls and Passion Play, directed by Mark Wing-Davy (After Dark Award, Outstanding Performance). Other credits include Shining City at the Huntington Theatre in Boston; Passion Play at Yale Repertory Theatre and Epic Theatre NYC; The Book Thief (dir. Hallie Gordon), South of Settling (dir. Adam Goldstein) and Dublin Carol (Dir. Amy Morton) at Steppenwolf Theatre; Dying City (dir. Jason Loewith) at Next Theatre, Great Men of Science (dir. Tracy Letts) at Lookingglass Theatre; and Phedre (dir. JoAnn Akalitis) at The Court Theater.

She can also be seen in Catherine Sullivan’s films Ice Floes of Franz Josef Land and The Chittendens (Tate Modern), and in her theatre pieces in Chicago, NYC, Lyon (L’Opera de Lyon) and Dijon.


Nicole Wiesner …special accolades must be paid to Wiesner, whose portrayal of Marie the simpleton is absolutely stunning
- Scotty Zacher on First Ladies by Werner Schwab


“The divine Wiesner leads the bizarre happenings in this wacky world”
-Katy Walsh on The Balcony


Chicago Reader names Trap Door Theatre as runner up for Best Off Loop Theatre Company! Best of Chicago 2018

Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

Trap Door welcomes
New Resident Director: Monica Payne
and New Resident Sound Designer: Danny Rockett

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