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Nicholas D. Irion

Texas Tech University
Adjudicator, SETC High School Theatre Festival Adjudicator, Instructor

Nicholas D. Irion is an Actor, Director, Playwright, Producer and Educator, working in the professional and academic theatre for nearly a decade. As an educator, he works primarily at the university level. Teaching and co-teaching at such Universities as the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas Women's University (TWU), and Texas Tech University (TTU). Currently, Nicholas is a doctoral student in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. In addition to his doctoral work, he also teaches introduction to acting and serves as Raw Theatre Producer.

Nicholas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington (Magna Cum Laude), where he studied directing, playwriting and theatrical performance. In 2010, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Drama from Texas Woman's University, where he focused on playwriting; new play development, and directing methodologies. His research culminated in the development and direction of the new play BrideZilla by Dr. Natalie Gaupp and Steven McGaw.

In 2008, Nicholas accepted the position of associate producer for the Fort Worth based theatre company SceneShop. In 2009, Nicholas and the Artistic Director of SceneShop, Steven McGaw, co-founded Lost Beat Generation (LBG). Lost Beat Generation is the lab theatre project of SceneShop. LBG focuses on new and provocative unpublished works. Additionally, LBG proactively provides opportunities for new/aspiring playwrights, directors, and actors. A few of Nicholas's recent directing credits include: Split Pea Soup, AE 197, Truth of Tongues, I Endorse This Message, Urges, Continuum, B&B, The Man With Kevin's Face with Scene Shop, 86 Sparrows at The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Something Like Loneliness at Hyde Park Theatre's FronteraFest, The Unseen, Variations on The Death of Trotsky, Leave No Marks, Greed and Avarice Going Down at The University of Texas at Arlington, and Vicarious Playboys by Michael Flood. He also directed BrideZilla at Texas Woman's University and assistant directed To Be Young, Gifted, and Black at the African American Reparatory Theatre. In addition to his directing credits Nicholas is an active performer and playwright. As a performer Nicholas performs may times a year, while as a playwright, he has seen many of his plays produced and three of his plays published.

In September of 2013, Nicholas was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Direction from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his work on Vicarious Playboys by Michael Flood, Texas Tech University’s first Raw Production.

In 2012, Nicholas started Texas Tech University's Fine Arts Doctoral Program in Fine Arts. Nicholas's initial dissertation research focuses on "the inmate in a global context.” Aside from his research, this project will require him to travel all over the world interviewing incarcerated individuals and their loved ones. This work will ultimately lead to a devised production.

In 2013, Nicholas was an adjudicator for the South Eastern Theatre Conference's High School Theatre Festival. Nicholas is a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association Adjudicator’s Organization, adjudicating UIL One Act Play Competitions all over Texas. He has also adjudicated for the Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools.

Nicholas has presented workshops at the American Theatre in Higher Education conference, South Eastern Theater Conference, and the Texas Educational Theatre Association Conference. He is a member of Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA), American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Dramatists Guild (DG), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and Performance Philosophy: A research network for the field of Performance Philosophy.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, March 6

8:00am CST

Friday, March 7

8:00am CST