Nigel Semaj B. is a Brooklyn based director, movement director, and choreographer from Washington, D.C. Nigel is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at The New School. He is an alum of Lycoming College in Williamsport PA, where he studied directing and performance. Along with a passion for directing, Nigel has a long time love for movement and dance. He strives for truthful storytelling and aims to place on stage what today's world looks like. He believes theatre can inspire change, and as a queer, black artist works for equity, diversity and inclusion in all of his work.
His passions have lead him to win awards in Ensemble Building and Direction of his 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 his theatrical work, he also dedicates his time to social activism. Whether it be promoting sex positivity and sexual assault awareness - Nigel blends his search for truth in theatre and his work as a social activist beautifully. This was shown in his 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.
His 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 his movement work, Nigel enjoys using the expressionist styles, as well as Lecoq movement style in his work. 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.
Currently Nigel is researching Intimacy and Violence on Stage, Intersectionality as it Applies to Performance, as well as Movement Dramaturgy.