Nicole Stewart

Nicole Stewart is a fifth generation Dallasite but has also lived in Chicago, the Bay Area, London, New York City and Los Angeles.  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 attended The Hockaday School and graduated from Northwestern University’s prestigious theatre department summa cum laude and with Honors in Theatre in 2001.

She has been a professional Pilates instructor for ten years.  Her accomplished career includes over four years on cable as the Pilates personality delivering workout videos On Demand for ExerciseTV, the network created by Body by Jake.  She also ran the Pilates department for Crunch gym in Los Angeles and was featured on CNN’s 1-minute workout.

She is an accomplished actress and teacher and director of theatre.  Here in Dallas, Nicole has acted in productions at WaterTower Theatre and for Upstart Theatre at the Festival of Independent Theatres.  In the spring of 2012, Nicole directed local playwright Linda Daugherty’s powerful play about eating disorders called EAT: It’s Not Food at the Episcopal School of Dallas.  The play went on to perform at ISAS Regional Fine Arts Festival.  This fall, she is writing, directing, and producing a short play called Stories of Life for the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s annual Hope for Humanity dinner.  This special adaptation of diary entries and letters of both children who suffered the Holocaust and students learning about it today, offers revealing insight into the need for tolerance education.  Nicole also teaches “Storytelling for the Stage” for Southern Methodist University’s continuing education program, The Writer’s Path.  Keep an eye out for her “Acting for Writers” class coming soon.

In June 2012, The Dallas Observer profiled her as one of 30 Most Interesting People in Dallas.  In September 2012, The Dallas Observer awarded Nicole the Best Future Arts Leader 2012.

Nicole was recently married to Anton Schlesinger of Connexus Video and Better Dallas.  They live in Lakewood with their orange Pomeranian, Ellie.