Adriana Sevahn Nichols is an award winning actress and playwright. Her tour de force solo performance in Taking Flight, has thrilled audiences across the country since opening in Los Angeles, in 2006, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Hailed as a, “celebration of life,” and “one of the 10 best plays of the year,” Taking Flight has been awarded a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Award, and the audio CD, produced by LATW, for the Public Radio series, “The Play’s The Thing,” was a finalist for a 2008 Audie Award. It continues to play yearly during the 9/11 anniversary.
As an actress, Adriana has appeared in multiple guest-starring roles on television which include: Law & Order, The Unit, Sex & The City, Deadline, Dellaventura, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She played a leading role in the feature film, Harvest, with Barbara Barrie and Robert Loggia. Onstage highlights include: The Children (Boston Court), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep), The Clean House, Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Repertory), Anna in the Tropics (South Coast Repertory, Coconut Grove Playhouse, LA Theatre Works), Two Sisters and a Piano (The Public Theater, South Coast Rep), Our Lady Of 121St (LA Theater Works), Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey (Willow Cabin Theater Co.), Indian Ink(ACT), Another Part of the House (Classic Stage Co.), Henry V (Shakespeare & Co.), and Macbeth (HERE).
As a playwright, Adriana has created, developed, and performed her work at the Sundance Theater Lab, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Stages Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, INTAR, Rio Hondo College, Dixon Place NY, and The Lark. Her work has been published by Samuel French, Northwestern Press, Smith & Kraus and Routledge Press.She is the recipient of the very first Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, which gifted her with a generous commission, to research and write a new play, inspired by her Armenian grandparent’s survival of the Genocide in 1915. The play, Night Over Erzinga, had critically acclaimed runs at Silk Road Rising (Chicago), and Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), and a BareBones at the Lark Play Development Center (New York). Night Over Erzinga, has also been translated into Armenian and premiered in Yerevan, in April 2015, at Yerevan State Youth Theatre, in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
One of Adriana’s biggest passions is bringing theatre and young people together to give them the opportunity to unleash and express their full creative potential. For the past three years, she has been a professor at UCLA, co-leading with, H. Richard Greene, and Jean Luis Rodrigue, the US Performing Arts Summer Acting Conservatory, where she has also directed. She has also taught workshops nationally and internationally at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, ORRAN center for at risk youth in Yerevan, Armenia, CREATE NOW!, CalArts, TEADA, and UC Santa Barbara.