Nicole Stewart is a sixth generation Dallasite who has also lived in Chicago, the Bay Area, London, New York City and Los Angeles. She is an accomplished actress and teacher and director of theatre. After graduating from the Hockaday School in Dallas then with honors from Northwestern University’s theatre department, Stewart went on to act professionally in New York and Los Angeles. She is also an accomplished Pilates instructor whose videos are On Demand. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Modern Loss, and D Magazine. She spoke about the power of sharing your story at TEDxSMU and TEDxKIDS. She served as a judge for creative nonfiction for PEN Texas Southwest Book awards and has taught storytelling workshops at Highland Park Literary Festival.
Her roots in Dallas run deep. Her mother’s parents were Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. who founded The Dallas Opera and contributed to the creation of the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Symphony in addition to many other philanthropic endeavors. Her father’s family also played a significant role in the development of roads and parks in Dallas. Her great-grandmother created the Dallas Shakespeare Club. Nicole aims to continue their legacy by modernizing the ancient art of storytelling. Nicole has acted in productions at WaterTower Theatre and for Upstart Theatre at the Festival of Independent Theatres. She directed local playwright Linda Daugherty’s powerful play about eating disorders called “EAT: It’s Not Food” at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She also wrote, directed and produced a short play called “Stories of Life” for the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s annual Hope for Humanity dinner.
Nicole is celebrating five years of marriage to husband and Oral Fixation co-producer Anton Schlesinger of Hidden Friends. They live in Lakewood with their daughter, Serena, and their orange Pomeranian, Ellie.