This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Nick Pineda | Actor

Q: When did you know you wanted to dedicate your career to the arts?
A: My mom was a trustee on the Seattle Children’s Theatre board when I was growing up, so I saw theatre at a very young age. I still remember my first play at SCT; it was the first production of Frog and Toad with Todd Jefferson Moore. That performance by Todd as Frog made such an impact on me that I started to take acting classes at Seattle Children’s Theatre on and off. In Middle School I auditioned for Seattle Children’s Theatre Summer Season and I then decided that I really wanted to start doing theatre more seriously.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: Theatre is very important to me because it is a medium that can use a number of different art forms in in extremely collaborative ways. I love how powerful theatre can be to bring ideas and messages pertaining to the past and present to a wide audience in such an intimate way.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: The Intiman Emerging Artist program stands out to me as one of the best programs that I have been in. I have felt fully at home with an outstanding ensemble of artists that I’m happy to call my family. I have been learning and growing at an exponential rate with truly gifted artists of all different perspectives and identities. We talk about diversity, race, equality, equity and politics in the U.S. and how theatre can be a vehicle for expressing these issues.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: I loved all the discussions and guest workshops that we had in the first week of the program. I’m very grateful to be in this program. What stood out to me the most was being able to have a table reading of Inda’s play; it was great being able to discuss the play’s power, importance and creativity.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: Right now my biggest Inspirations are three male artists:  Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) because he’s a multi talented artist creating what’s meaningful to him, Lin – Manuel Miranda for being able to incorporate Hip Hop and important American History into one of the most successful Broadway plays of all time (Hamilton) and lastly, Sherman Alexie because of his wonderfully constructed prose as a writer and his dedication to important material, humor, creativity and poetic style. My hope is that one day Sherman Alexie will write a play!

Nick Pineda is a senior theatre major and film minor. He attended London Dramatic Academy (LDA) conservatory program last year. Some of Nick’s performances in Seattle University productions include:  playing Victor in Jane Nichols’ production of Our Lady of 121st St., Wally Web/Joe Stoddard in John Lang’s production of Our Town and War in Scott Kaiser’s original production of Love Labor’s Won. One of Nick’s most memorable shows is when he played two zombies in the main stage production of Night of The Living Dead directed by Linda Hartzell at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Nick would like to thank the SU Theatre department, especially Rosa Joshi.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.