A look at Michael Nicholson, one of Jamaica’s finest thespians

“I feel good about my life at this point. I can proudly say I’ve accomplished much more than I thought I would by this age. And, in terms of what I’ve done in theatre, I have absolutely no regrets.” – Michael Nicholson.

A look at Michael Nicholson, one of Jamaica's finest thespians

Michael Nicholson

It is unmistaken that you can see confidence and talent exuding from Nicholson as he commands any theatrical play, which only proves that he is a master of the performing arts with his career spanning decades to back it up.

The veteran actor and director attended Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar, Jamaica. He later graduated from at the School of Drama at the prestigious Edna Manley College; his major was directing. He co-headlined his first pantomime, Trash, in 1984 alongside Oliver Samuels, Ted Dwyer, and Dorothy Cunningham. His film credits include starring in One Love in 2003 with Cherine Anderson, Idris Elba, Ky-Mani Marley, and Carl Bradshaw.

Nicholson has always been known by many to love a good challenge, which his audience can realize in the many epic plays he has acted in like Stages Productions Serious Business and The Plumber, Aston Cooke’s Jamaica 2 Rahtid and Concubine, David Tulloch’s Wine and Roses and Prayer Partner.

“Michael is the kind of director who brings out the best in the actors he works with; I think that’s why so many people have asked him to direct their productions.” – David Tulloch.

He has aided in inspiring young creative minds at the Ardenne High School back in the day, some of who are making strides in the theatre industry. In 2002 he was honoured with an Actor Boy award for Oliver’s Posse. The father of three is forever developing his skills as he portrays many ‘out of his comfort zone’ characters, and that plays an integral role in his success. He transitioned from the popular CVM soap, The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate, where he played Stringbean who was a comedic masterpiece and is now in live theatre. He found that television was more intense than theatre and more internal than physical.

“I always aim for consistency in whatever I do, and I consider myself a real team player, easy to work with. And I enjoy my work.” – Michael Nicholson.

A look at Michael Nicholson, one of Jamaica's finest thespians

Michael Nicholson

Michael ‘Stringbean’ Nicholson recently appeared in the international staging of David Tulloch’s Bad Breed in Baltimore, Maryland (July 15, 2017) and in  Washington, DC (July 16, 2017) alongside the talented troupe of actors Terri Salmon, Daniella ‘Ceeta’ Gordon, Akeem Poyser and Maxwell ‘Bashy’ Grant. The play has been circulating through theatres in Jamaica since last year and the comedy-drama was featured in an impeccable manner while tackling issues that include father-son relationships, love triangles, and marriage among other themes.

Nicholson’s presence is not at all overbearing, but rather quite humble, one of the many qualities which have drawn persons to collaborate with him in acting, directing, watching him perform or even just hanging out.

“I’ve been blessed. For me, it’s always a plus when you get to work with some really talented people, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best, many of whom have rubbed off on me…. I have to give credit where it is due.” – Michael Nicholson.

By Alexandra Daley

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