Nigel Semaj B. is a Brooklyn based director, movement director, and choreographer from Washington, D.C. Nigel is currently pursuing their MFA in Directing at The New School. They are an alum of Lycoming College in Williamsport PA, where they studied directing and performance. Along with a passion for directing, Nigel has a long time love for movement and dance. They strive for truthful storytelling and aim to place on stage what today's world looks like. They believes theatre can inspire change, and as a queer, black artist works for equity, diversity and inclusion in all of their work.
Their passions have lead them to win awards in Ensemble Building and Direction of their production of For Colored Girls from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The production was also invited to travel to the Region Two Festival in the Spring of 2016. In addition to their theatrical work, they also dedicate time to social activism. Whether it be promoting sex positivity and sexual assault awareness - Nigel blends their search for truth in theatre and their work as a social activist beautifully. This was shown in their production of Stephen Karam's columbinus, which was accompanied by a series of educational programs and discussions around the topic of gun violence, bullying, and mass shootings in American society.
Their physical work ranges from fight choreography on productions such as The 39 Steps, movement design and choreography on the opera Hansel und Gretel and more. In their movement work, Nigel enjoys using the expressionist styles, as well as Lecoq, Grotowski, and more. A lover of devised and collaborative work, and inspired by the works of movement directors like Steven Hoggett, Nigel aims to create choreography that fits the performer and their abilities.