Faculty, Director
& Choreographer Profile:
Marie Nychka

Faculty Positions:

Dance & Movement

Previous NUOVA Festival Credits:

Choreographer for Eugene Onegin (2017) and Carousel (2017)
Director for The Lives of Lesser Things (2014)
Assistant Director & Choreographer for
Fiddler on the Roof (2013)
Co-Director for
Classic Broadway & Opera Extravaganza concerts (2012)


Marie began her career as a dancer with such companies as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Brazil, and Ballet de Roma working across Canada and in Italy, Brazil, New York, Florida, and the Caribbean. For more than thirty years she has been a freelance actor, director, choreographer, adjudicator, and teacher. She is a regular faculty member and choreographer for Opera NUOVA. She teaches in both the BA Drama and BFA Acting Programs in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta where she has received several teaching awards including the prestigious William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2016). Marie has been nominated eight times and twice received the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Choreography. When she is not on stage, in rehearsal, or in class, you will find her riding her horse, Indy, who also loves to dance.