Scott Nice has served UNCW’s Department of Theatre as the voice and movement instructor and the Fight Director since 2007.
Working with Freshman
As a specialist in movement training and voice and speech work Professor Nice has coached and choreographed numerous productions and leads a Stage Combat Club called the Inner Circle. He works closely with Freshman in his capacity of the Recruitment Liaison for the Theatre Department and as a Freshman Advisor for University College.
Scott has served the Gately/Poole Acting Conservatory since 2002 as their resident voice and movement instructor where he trains professional actors in preparation for film and television. Some of the actors Mr. Nice has trained Micah Alberti, All My Children's “Jamie” and Max Decker (Maximillian Alexander) of the cast of All My Children, Jenny Slate of the cast of SNL and Zach Roerig of the cast One Life to Live.
He is owner/operator of Studio Nice, Body/Voice Training for Performance and Life, which is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Scott instructs local actors in preparation for work at Screen Gems Studios and other professional venues as well as private voice coaching for broadcasters, radio personalities, politicians, lawyers and sales professionals. He has worked with actors signed to local talent agents such as Susan T. Walker of STW Talent Agency and Linda Eisen of Coastal Talent Agency, working with casting director Tracy Kilpatrick since 2008.
Since coming to the Wilmington area, Scott has coached on several television programs including The New Knight Rider, the TV shows V and Vampire Dairies, and the pilot for the new Wonder Woman, as well as the Hallmark made-for-TV movie Smile as Big as the Moon and the independent film Refuge.
Education and Training
Professor Nice has worked as a professional actor, mime and clown for nearly 25 years. He holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, a BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy. He is certified as an Associate Fitzmaurice Voicework ® Teacher, as wel asl training in several other voice techniques. Scott Nice has worked for over 20 years as a stage combat instructor/choreographer since his certification with the Society of American Fight Director (SAFD) in 1987.
He is fully versed in several movement techniques including teacher training in the Rudolph Laban and Jacques Lecoq techniques. Scott has been training actors in the Loyd Williamson Movement Process since the beginning of his teacher training in the technique in 1998.
Mr. Nice has extensive experience in clowning, circus skills, touring with the Royal Hanneford Circus until 1998, mask work and the Commedia dell’ Arte. He has coached physical comedy and period styles for more than 50 productions and has directed such plays as Cyrano de Bergerac, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Ubu Roi and Waiting for Godot, as well as numerous Commedia dell’ Arte productions.
Professor Nice has taught at Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance, and the theatre departments of the University of Northern Iowa, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College.
As a professional actor, he has worked all over the Midwest and in such cities as Boston, Chicago, LA, Dublin, Ireland, and at New York theatres The Roundabout, The Westside, The Ohio and Symphony Space and the New York City Opera. Scott Nice trained with the premier mime Marcel Marceau and for over 25 years has performed mime all over the United States and Western Europe. He has done numerous voice-overs and television commercials.
Educational and Professional Affiliations
Professor Nice has been a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) since 2002, providing written contributions to their publication The Voice and Speech Review and offering workshops and delivering papers on areas of research on dialects and vaudeville training at international conferences for the past few years. He serves as the Chair of the Outreach Committee.
He has been involved with the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) since 2008, offering workshops to students and serving on focus groups for both the Voice and Speech Teachers and the Movement Educators Committee. He was awarded by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival’s Outstanding Acting Teacher Award for Region V, in 2004, as well as numerous grants from universities and private funding for professional and artistic development.