Artistic Director

Nicole Leal – Artistic Director 

Nicole has become a familiar face around the Red Deer arts community. In 2015, Nicole began her mentor-ship under the former AD, the lovely Matt Gould, in the hopes to become the new Artistic Director for the “house”. Nicole made her first debut directing Charlotte’s Web (2016) and Into the Woods Jr (2017).

Prior to coming on board, Nicole dipped her hands in other parts of the arts community both in her volunteer work, acting and directing. Most of Nicole’s volunteer work is with Central Alberta Theatre, since 2008, where she performed, directed and worked as a backstage crew member. After graduating from Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program in 2013, Nicole was hired to direct for Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program for teens by teens for the theatrical part of the program. Her acting career involves a few appearances with Prime Stock Theatre’s Bard on Bower, along with acting with Body Image Theatre Education’s (B.I.T.E.) “Under My Skin”, which is a social action theatre that targets body image.

Nicole’s love for the theatre started at the young age of 12 and it continued to grow, along with her experience in working in the theatre. As she gained more and more experience creating and putting on shows from scratch, her talents became an asset to continue her work with the “house”.

In 2016, Nicole won the emerging artist award through the Red Deer Arts Council, which solidified her journey to continue working in the theatre. Nicole continues to work with 9 to 17 year old artists in diligently putting together programs that will enlighten young emerging artists to learn commitment, the importance of ensemble building, etiquette of the theatre, and creating characters that make the theatre world a magical experience.

Nicole Leal makes her living solely in the arts as the Artistic Director of Tree House Youth Theatre, and working as the production Manager for Central Alberta Theatre. Other projects include co-creating Red Deer’s newest improvisation troupe called Improv Jelly.

In 2017, Red Deer & District Community Foundation granted a Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to Tree House Youth Theatre Society, which is a collaborative effort with support from the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast. Nicole ventured into playwrighting where she wrote, directed and produced her very first play entitled The New Recruits (2017).

“It’s been a fun adventure and I can’t be more thrilled to be where I am today in my career! Thank you to those of you who never stopped believing in me. You know who you are!” -Nicole

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