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Apr 2024 - TV Gigs
Short scene with Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez
in episode 6 of the final season of Blue Bloods,
currently scheduled to air on Apr 12 on CBS.

And Detective Mike Adams returns to FBI
for episode 10 of season 6, which shoots in early April.

Mar 2024 - 6 Great auditions
One for Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount,
two for Gaslit on Lifetime,
one for Goosebumps from Disney+,
one for CBS's The Equalizer,
and one for There She Goes,
a new Rachael Leigh Cook movie.

Feb 2024 - TV Gig
In the 14th and final season of Blue Bloods,
opposite Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez.
It is scheduled to be episode 6.

Jan 2024 - Directing Gig
Leading another scene for the Rehearsal Room,
a monthly online workshop, part of the Working Actors Journey.
This time it is Act 3, Scene 4 from Hamlet.

Dec 2023 - A Great Year Overall
Two acting gigs -- one stage, one TV,
Three directing gigs -- two stage, one online workshop,
and started teaching at Villanova.
Here's to a wonderful 2024!

Oct 2023 - Directing Gig
Directed Act 4, Scene 3 from Macbeth
for the Rehearsal Room, a monthly online workshop,
which is part of the Working Actors Journey.

Sep 2023 - Dissociation
The show opened to a full house
and an excited and effusive audience.

Aug 2023 - Teaching Gig
Began teaching two introductory acting courses
at Villanova University.

Aug 2023 - Directing Gig
Began rehearsals for Dissociation,
an adsurdist play by Reuben Wade,
to be showcased in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Jun 2023 - Sad farewell to Jane Eyre
It was a wonderful production,
with a beautiful company of humans.

May 2023 - Jane Eyre is here!
Full house for Opening night
and they loved it!

Apr 2023 - Jane Eyre rehearsals
The journey begins.
This is going to be a big event.

Apr 2023 - TV Shoot
Dr Death: Miracle Man - Season 2, Episode 5
Played an ER Anesthesiologist alongside
Edgar Martinez

Mar 2023 - Another Acting Gig!
Will be returning to Philly in mid April
to play Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre.
This is a new adaptation by the wonderful
artists in the Philadelphia Arts Collaborative.

Feb 2023 - Closing Night for The Light
This production and this cast and crew
will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

Feb 2023 - The Light Opens at Theatre Exile a full house and the audience loved it.
The critics loved it too.

Review on

Review from Broad Street Review

Jan 2023 - Rehearsals Begin for The Light
First read through with the cast on Jan 10.
This is going to be a thrilling adventure.

Jan 2023 - More Auditions, and a Booking!
Law & Order, Blue Bloods,
and booked a role on Dr. Death
Season 2, Episode 5

Dec 2022 - So Many Auditions...
...for guest star spots over the last two months.
HBO's The Other Two; CBS's East New York;
and a three new shows coming out in 2023

Oct 2022 - Directing Gig!
Will be directing The Light by Loy Webb
for Theatre Exile in Philadelphia.
Rehearsals start in early Jan.

Aug 2022 - End of Contract
Eighteen months at Florida Studio Theatre
went by really quickly, and there was never a dull moment.
Learned so much. Made great friends.

May 2022 - Directing for FST
Directed several Children's Theatre pieces
for the staged reading portion of
FST's Young Playwrights Festival.
Short plays by short playwrights.

Mar 2022 - Directing for FST
Directed several Children's Theatre pieces
for FST's Young Playwrights Festival.
Short plays by short playwrights.

Jan 2022 - Fight Choreography
Directed the Stage Combat for
The Play That Goes Wrong at FST,
which opens 9 Feb in the Gompertz Theater.

Jan 2022 - TV Appearance
Detective Mike Adams is back on the case on FBI
The episode is called "Fostered", which is ep 10 in season 4
and it premieres on 4 Jan
See the clip on the 'Flim Clips' page.

Nov 2021 - Back on Stage
Six performances in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,
playing 5 roles in the Hipockets Duncan track.

Nov 2021 - Back on FBI on CBS
Detective Adams returns for Season 4 in Episode 10,
which was shot in Brooklyn in Nov.
Look for him early in the episode,
which is set to air sometime in Jan of 2022.

Sep 2021 - Mare of Easttown Wins Three Emmys!
Outstanding Lead Actress - Kate Winslet
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Julianne Nicholson
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Evan Peters

Jul 2021 - Multiple Emmy Noms for Mare!
Mare of Easttown earns 7 Emmy Nominations.
Including Outstanding Lead Actress for Kate Winslet
and 3 Noms for Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress

Apr 2021 - Mare is on the air!
Mare of Easttown on HBO, Sundays at 10p
Starring Kate Winslet
Episode 1 ran on 18 Apr.

Mar 2021 - New Full Time Job!
Started a very exciting chapter as an Associate Artist
at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota,
working primarily in the Literary Dept
but also acting, directing, teaching,
and whatever else needs to be done.

Feb 2021 - ADR for Mare of Easttown
The show has finally been announced publically,
set to premiere on 18 Apr on HBO,
and some VO work had to be done on the pet shop scene.

Jan 2021 - Film Audition
Read for a small role in The Tender Bar,
adapted from the J.R. Moehringer novel.
George Clooney will direct and Ben Affleck will play the lead.

Dec 2020 - TV Audition
Had a great read, live online, with Julie Schubert's office
for a recurring role on NBC's Manifest

Nov 2020 - A Theater Gig!!!
Well... it's a gig with a theater, and it is a stage play, but...
there will be no live audience.
We will film the performance, observing strict pandemic protocols,
and it will stream on the theater's website.
The play is called The Plague,
adapted by Neil Bartlett from Albert Camus's La Peste.
Online rehearsals start in Dec.

Oct 2020 - More TV Auditions
Had auditions for two different roles on
the new Starz comedy, Run The World.

And an audition for a role on NBC's New Amsterdam

Sep 2020 - Directing Gig
Directed a short play, "The Strong Friend, and Company"
Written by Masi Asare
As part of Live and In Color's online production,
Days of Re-Creation

Aug 2020 - Auditions Aplenty
After months of no activity in either theater or TV,
Jul & Aug brought many auditions for TV series,
including The Blacklist, For Life, and HBO's Betty.
Also a few auditions for films,
and one for the Asolo Theater in Sarasota FL.

Mar 2020 - All Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows Closed
Sadly, due to the national health scare,
Love Stories was shut down 3 days before its scheduled closing.

Feb 2020 - Love Stories Running Well
The show is playing to packed houses.

Jan 2020 - Rehearsals Begin for Love Stories
Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories produced by
The Mint Theater in NYC
will run 23 Jan to 14 Mar at Theater Row.

Dec 2019 - Got Close on a National TV Commercial
Got a callback to be Randy Diaz,
the bi-lingual mayor of Seltzer PA,
the unofficial spokes-town of Bud Light Seltzer.

Nov 2019 - TV Appearance
Detective Adams was on the scene on CBS's FBI
The episode is #7 in season 2 and is called Undisclosed
See the clip on the 'Flim Clips' page.

Nov 2019 - TV Gig
Shot a lovely scene with Oscar winner, and 7 time Oscar nominee,
Kate Winslet
The project is very secretive, but more details will be coming soon.

Oct 2019 - Many Great Auditions, One Great Booking
Got close for a few guest star spots on
Blacklist, Blindspot, Dispatches from Elsewhere, and Manifest.
Booked a spot on a new HBO series.

Sep 2019 - TV Gig
Shot a scene in the series FBI as NYPD Detective Adams
The episode is #7 in season 2 and is called Undisclosed.

Aug 2019 - Our Town going strong at People's Light
Audiences are loving it!

Jul 2019 - Our Town in Rehearsal at People's Light
This is going to be a crowd pleaser.

Jun 2019 - Long Overdue Vacation
5 days in Portugal - Porto, Lisbon, & Sintra.
2 days in Divonne Les Bains, France, just outside of Geneva.
6 days in Paris.
2 days in a tiny village in Normandy, France.
1 day in Rennes in Brittany, France.

Apr 2019 - Corpse Washer Closing!
So sad to say goodbye to this production,
and to our cast and crew, and the staff at ATL.
They will all be missed.

Mar 2019 - Corpse Washer Opening!
The show is now up and running.
Packed houses and enthusiastic audiences so far.
This one is going to be a winner.

Feb 2019 - Rehearsing and Auditioning
Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of
The Corpse Washer, which will be part of
the 2019 Humana Festival of new plays at
Actors Theater of Louisville

Also had a good audition for Mud Row,
the latest play from Dominique Morrisseau

Jan 2019 - Happy New Year
Prepping for the Humana Festival
and The Corpse Washer,
which starts rehearsals 2 Feb

Dec 2018 - Theater Audition
Had a great audition with People's Light
for Our Town

Nov 2018 - TV Audition
Had a great audition with Suzanne Ryan
for God Friended Me

Oct 2018 - Oslo breaks the box office
Our show had the highest ticket sales in MTC history!
We extended one week,
but sadly, we will close on 28 Oct.

Sep 2018 - Oslo opening
Oslo's first week saw packed houses and rave reviews

Aug 2018 - Rehearsals begin for Oslo!
At the Marin Theater in Mill Valley CA.
This sweeping epic by JT Rogers
won the 2017 Tony for Best Play.
Thrilled to be portraying Ahmed Qurie, the chief negotiator for the PLO.

Jul 2018 - Disgraced Playing to Raves!
Packed houses. Spirited post show discussions. And glowing Reviews.
Here is a link to one of the reviews...

The Westfield News - Disgraced at Chester Theatre Company

Jun 2018 - New Theater Gig!
Sad to see Honor Killing close, but...
Started rehearsals for Disgraced! Chester Theater in the Berkshires.

May 2018 - TV Interview!

Suncoast View with J Paul Nicholas

May 2018 - Honor Killing Running Hot
The show plays to packed houses ever time,
with the two month run almost completely sold out.

Apr 2018 - TV Appearance
Episodes 7 and 8 of ABC's Deception aired on 24 and 29 Apr respectively.
Look for a clip on the 'Film Clips' tab above.
Here's a still shot of the Prince of Montenegro...

Apr 2018 - Theater Opening!
Honor Killing opened to enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews.

Review from the Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mar 2018 - One Door Closes, Another One Opens
So sorry to say goodbye to The Invisible Hand,
and to the lovely city of Cleveland.


Two days after closing that show,
rehearsals began for Honor Killing
at the Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota

Feb 2018 - Theater Opening!
The Invisible Hand opens at CPH
and the audiences are loving it so far.

Jan 2018 - Theater Gig
Started rehearsals for The Invisible Hand
at Cleveland Play House
Thrilled to be working at this theater for the first time,
and to be working on this great play again.

Nov 2017 - TV Booking
Spent 2 days on the set of the new ABC show, Deception,
playing the Prince of Montenegro!
Set to appear in episodes 7 and 8 in the Spring.

Sep 2017 - Curious Incident Close
After LA, we spend a week in Costa Mesa,
then we close with a week in Vegas.

Hard to believe the tour is over.
13 months went by much faster than expected.

Aug 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
San Fran was great.
And a week in Seattle was so relaxing.
Now for 6 weeks in LA.

Jul 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
Tempe in June was scorching! Every day over 100 deg!
But 4 weeks in San Fran will make up for it.

Jun 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
3 great weeks in Denver.
Best stop on the tour so far.
Sweet theater, great people, awesome food.

May 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
After 2 fun stops in Fayetteville and Nashville,
I get to spend my birthday in Detroit
before heading to Des Moines.

Apr 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
Good run in Cleveland.
And a great week on Mich St campus in East Lansing MI.
Looking forward to Fayetteville and Nashville.

Mar 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
Great week in Philly,
Now on to Boston for 2 weeks
Then Cleveland for 3 weeks

Feb 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
Providence RI
Charlotte & Durham NC
Then home to Philly!

Jan 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
After a very cold week in Pittsburgh
Texas was a good place to spend January

Dec 2016 - Curious Incident Travels

Three weeks in Chicago
Then to Hartford after Xmas

Nov 2016 - Curious Incident Travels
Tampa, West Palm Beach
Then Schenectady/Albany for TGiving
Closed out the month in Minneapolis

Oct 2016 - Award Win!
Thrilled, shocked, proud & grateful to be the recipient of...
a Barrymore Award in Philadelphia
For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
in The Invisible Hand
The production got 5 awards overall
Including Best Play!

Oct 2016 - Curious Incident
Official Opening in DC 6 Oct
And the reviews so far are fantastic

Finished up the month in Orlando

Sep 2016 - Curious Incident
Tech rehearsals and previews in Rochester NY.
Audiences love the show

Sep 2016 - Award Nomination!
Got a Barrymore Award nomination in Philadelphia
For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
in The Invisible Hand
The production got 10 nominations overall

Aug 2016 - Curious Incident
Auditions began in NYC!
This show is going to be wonderful!

July 2016 - Booked a Broadway National Tour!
Will be part of the cast of
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
When it goes on the road starting this Sep
The contract is for 13 Months
Which means, sadly, that all other 2016-17 gigs will need to be released.

June 2016 - Booked 4 Theaer Gigs for next season!
1. Directing "Assassins" for Quill Theater in Richmond, VA
Opens: 4 Nov

2. Playing Shaker Kelada in "Son Of A Dog" by Gabriel Nathan
Opens: 19 Nov in Studio 5 at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia

3. Playing Alexander Serebrakov in "Uncle Vanya" at Hedgrow Theater in Media, PA
Opens: 9 Feb 2017

4. Playing Sempronius and others in Timon of Athens at the Folger Theater in DC
Opens: 15 May 2017

June 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Audiences and critics say this was a fantastic show.
Sadly, it closed on 5 June.
Here is some of what the reviewers had to say...

DC Metro Arts

Broad Street Review

May 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Performances begin 12 May.
Opening night is 18 May.
More info can be found at this link...

The Invisible Hand at Theatre Exile

Apr 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Rehearsals are underway.
Working with an amazing cast,
and another amazing script from Ayad Akhtar.

Mar 2016 - Othello
Othello going great.
Extended until 2 April.

Feb 2016 - Othello
Rehearsals moved into the Harman Center.
This show is going to be stunning.

Dec 2015 - Theater Gig
Got hired to understudy the lead in Othello at the Shakespeare Theater Company.
Back in America's best city for two months starting in Feb.

Nov 2015 - Hamlet
Directed a reading of the two-headed Hamlet for Hang a Tale company.
Super talented cast of 11 actors playing 17 roles.
Here's hoping the company likes it enough to produce it.

Oct 2015 - Theater Gig
Got cast in The Invisible Hand at Theater Exile next Spring
1st Preview - 12 May; Open - 18 May; Close 5 Jun

Sep 2015 - Show Closing
Despite some technical challenges in the first week.
Merry Wives was a big success.

Aug 2015 - Misc Updates
Winter's Tale closed with about 3,000 people seeing the last two shows.
Merry Wives barrels ahead. This is going to be a funny show!

Jul 2015 - Misc Updates
Oslo had two great readings. Can't wait to see where it goes next.
Winter's Tale rehearsals are going great. We moved into Clark Park with mics.
Merry Wives rehearsals have started. The cast is so talented, there won't be much directing to do.

Jun 2015 - Directing Gig
Merry Wives is cast and the production team is in place
Here. We. Go.

May 2015 - 2 Acting Gigs
Got cast in another JT Rogers play at the PlayPenn Conference in Philly
This one is called Oslo
Readings will be 15 Jul and 25 Jul

Also got cast to play Polixenes in Winter's Tale in Philly
For Shakespeare in Clark Park

Apr 2015 - Directing Gig
Hired to direct Merry Wives with Hedgepig Ensemble
Opening 20 Aug at the Treehouse Theater in NYC

Mar 2015 - Closing Show
So sad to come to the end of The Butcher

Feb 2015 - Theater Gig
Rehearsals for The Butcher are up and running

Jan 2015 - Film Gig
Shot Price for Freedom in the cold in Central NJ
Met Martin Kove in the makeup room
Paul Sorvino & Sally Kirkland were both in the film too

Dec 2014 - Film Gig
Got cast as Captain Sabetti in the film
Price For Freedom
based on the novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri

Nov 2014 - Theater Gig
Got cast in the world premiere production of
The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan
at The Gulfshore Playhouse in Feb & Mar 2015
Southern Florida in Winter! Yay!

Click here for more info on the production.

Oct 2014 - Theater Gig
The reviews for Ciphers are in. And they are good.
Click them to see... Review
City Paper Review

Sep 2014 - Theater Gig
Rehearsals begin for Ciphers at Inis Nua Theater in Philadelphia

Click here for more info

July 2014 - TV Gig
Look for the Orderly in Episode 3 of
HBO's The Leftovers
Sun 13 Jul at 10p

Jun 2014 - New Headshots
Finally got new shots done with the incomparable
Teresa Castracane

Apr 2014 - Wittenberg
The show is a huge hit!
The first weekend got full houses and standing Os
and lots of wonderful press.
Click on these links...

Broadway World Review
Richmond Times Dispatch
Richmond Family Magazine
Richmond Showbiz Radio

and there was even TV coverage...

CBS 6 in Richmond

Mar 2014 - Wittenberg
Rehearsals are in full swing and going great.
This is going to be a great show.

Click here for more info

Feb 2014 - TV Gig
Shot a scene with Christopher Eccleston
on HBO's new series The Leftovers.

Dec 2013 - TV Ads
The Ad for Anna's Linens is now, finally, officially, gone.

But the 2 Bloomberg Ads are still up and running.
You can see them on CNN and other news outlets.
Or you can see one of them below.

Nov 2013 - Hamlet!
Hamlet opens and so far the audience and the critics
Have been loving it.

Click here for the preview article

Click here for a review

And here's a sample of what audiences have been saying
(these are from Facebook...)

"I could not believe the play was three hours long. The time went by so quickly!"
"One of the best productions of Hamlet I have ever seen."
"Whoever came up with the idea to have two actors as Hamlet is a genius."
"I have never seen Hamlet's internal conflict portrayed so well."

And here's a photo...

Oct 2013 - TV Commercial
The Anna's Linens commercial that was pulled is back on!!!
See the Feb 2013 entry for the link to the ad
and the Apr 2013 entry for the news report about the public outrage

Sep 2013 - Directing Gig
Rehearsals begin for Hamlet with the M.I.T. Shakespeare Ensemble.
And so far it looks like it is going to be a fun ride.
The show opens 1 Nov

Jul 2013 - Bloomberg Ad up and running

Click it to see it... Bloomberg First

Jul 2013 - Switching Jobs, not Roles
Henley Street Theater has asked Paul to switch his directing assignment
from Death & The Maiden to Wittenberg by David Davalos
Paul's reaction was, "I love both plays so it was a tough decision.
But doing Wittenberg right after directing Hamlet, should be fun."

Jun 2013 - You Must Be Mine
A new and very unique musical play by Corinna Manetto.
Paul directed a staged reading of it for the Thespis Festival in NYC.

May 2013 - SVU Gets Renewed!

Law & Order: SVU will be back for their 15th season next Fall.
So expect to see TV's most unsuccessful defense attorney back in the courtroom next season.
This will be Paul's 10th season as Attorney Linden Delroy.

May 2013 - TWO Gigs as Returning Director
Paul got hired to return to the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble in the Fall
This time to direct Hamlet

And he also got hired to return to Henley Street Theater in Richmond
This time to direct Death & The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

Apr 2013 - Is All Publicity Good?
Due to much public pressure Anna's Linens pulled the ad off the air
And the news report used Paul's picture for the story. Yikes!
Check out the story below

Anna's Linens Ends Ad Campaign

Mar 2013 - Major News! - Acting Gig
Paul booked a Co-Star spot in the pilot for
The Tomorrow People, a new show on the CW.
There is a good chance it will get picked up, based on the cast...
Robbie Amell (Revenge), Peyton List (Mad Men),
Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Luke Mitchell (Far & Away),

Good News / Bad News
The series The Tomorrow People did get picked up
by the CW. It is going to be shot in Vancouver. But...
The High School Principal got cut from the pilot.
Let's hope he is not gone forever.

Also in Mar 2013 - Directing Gig
Paul directed a mini workshop & staged reading of
Bad Monster, a new play from Jeremy Gable
at Theater Exile in Philadelphia

Feb 2013 - Acting Gig
Paul shot a commercial for Anna's Linens
Check it out...

Anna's Linens TV Ad - Spring 2013

Also in Feb 2013 - Personal News
Paul took a trip to Jamaica and it made National News

Jan 2013 - In the (real) News!
The University of Miami Alumni Magazine published a piece on Paul.
And had his story ahead of an Emmy winner and a Grammy nominee.
Wow! Check it out here...

UMiami Alumni News - January 17, 2013

Dec 2012 - Directing Gig
Paul directed a 3 day workshop of John Anastasi's new play
On the 15th, there was a private reading at Manhattan Theater Club
The play is currently untitled and was formerly known as "I Forgive You Ronald Reagan"

Nov 2012 - Reviews
The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau
Directed by Deborah Block at Theater Exile in Philadelphia

Paul played Ali Said (seen here with Damon Bonetti as Dov)
and the show got rave reviews...

"The English Bride demands to be seen ...prepare to have your world rocked."
-David Anthony Fox, City Paper

"The character is likewise given a fine, nuanced performance by J Paul Nicholas,
who manages to be thoroughly charming, and a little frightening all at once"
-David Anthony Fox, City Paper

"The three performances are, however, quite satisfying: round, full characterizations too subtle for stereotypes.”
-Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A searing performance: J Paul Nicholas is undeniably enigmatic as Ali"
-J. Cooper Robb, Philadelphia Weekly

"...the cast's nuanced performances give emotional depth and ambiguity to their roles..."
- Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

“J Paul Nicholas is charming and convincing -- even surprisingly sympathetic”
- Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

Oct 2012 - Close One Door...
The Water Children closed, sadly, on 13 Oct.
The audiences loved it, and so did the reviewers.
This is what the NYTimes & Backstage had to say...

The NYTimes Theater Review - The Water Children

Backstage Theater Review - The Water Children

... Open Another Door
2 days later Paul was in Philadelphia to begin rehearsals for
The English Bride at Theater Exile
find info at...

Sep 2012 - The Water Children
Rehearsals are going great.
The show moves into the theater on the 24th.
First preview on the 26th, official opening on the 28th.
For more info please visit...
Or... show.aspx?showcode=WAT11

Aug 2012 - 3 Acting Gigs
Paul booked a print commercial for a new drug,
a TV commercial for Bloomberg News,
and a role in The English Bride at Theater Exile in Philly.
Rehearsals for the Exile show start in mid Oct.

Jul 2012 - Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab
An amazing 3 week intensive workshop environment.
Paul worked with & learned from some amazing actors, directors & administrators.
Including George C Wolfe, Pam McKinnon, Bill Irwin, Christopher Durang,
Christopher Bayes, Andre Bishop, James Houghton, just to name a few.

Jun 2012 - Directing Gig
Paul has been hired to direct
The Water Children by Wendy McLeod
Auditions begin 3 Jun, 1st rehearsal is 20 Aug,
Opens 28 Sep.

May 2012 - Reviews for Yellowman
Click Here to read the 1st one
Click Here to read the 2nd one

And John Porter from NPR said,
"Director J. Paul Nicholas has really worked to bring this amazing story to life.
His choreography moves the characters beautifully in ways that were delightful and unexpected. "

May 2012 - Yellowman
Opening night is 25 May, closes 16 Jun
Check out the promo video on Youtube
Click here to see it

Or check out Henley Street Theatre's Facebook page to see the other interviews

Apr 2012 - Law & Order: SVU
"Street Revenge" aired Wed 25 Apr

Apr 2012 - Directing Gig
"One For The Road" opened 6 Apr
in the Times Square Spring Theater Festival.
In the house was Broadway producer, Jeff Britton,
and Firehouse Theater Project Artistic Director, Carol Piersol.

Mar 2012 - Law & Order: SVU
After missing 3 episodes in 2011, Paul was back on the set
with Ice T and new detective, Nick Amaro,
played by Danny Pino.

Mar 2012 - The Tempest
A short but very successful run came to a close
in front of a full house on 24 Mar.

Feb 2012 - The Tempest
Completed casting and began rehearsals.
1st Dress Rehearsal (preview) is 12 Mar
Offiicial opening is 16 Mar

Jan 2012 - Show Closing

After an extremely sucessful run at the Lincoln Center,
sadly, BLOOD & GIFTS closed on 8 Jan.
There is some talk of future productions elsewhere
but for now it is done.

Jan 2012 - A Third Directing Gig!
Between those 2 projects Paul will remount
Bill Patton's ONE FOR THE ROAD
at the Times Square Spring Theater Festival
in NYC in early April.

Dec 2011 - 2 Directing Gigs

Starting in February, Paul will be directing
THE TEMPEST for the M.I.T. Shakespeare Ensemble
And starting in April, he goes to Richmond, VA to direct
YELLOWMAN at the Henley Street Theater.

Nov 2011 - Blood & Gifts Extension
The tickets have been selling so well
and the reviews have been so good
that the Lincoln Center has decided to extend
the show till Jan 8th.

Paul with playwright JT Rogers at the opening night party for BLOOD & GIFTS

Oct 2011 - Acting Gig
Looks like that post from July 2011 spoke too soon.
Turns out Paul DID get into the Lincoln Center's
production of Blood & Gifts after all.
He is in ensemble and understudying 2 leads.
The show is in the Newhouse Theater from Oct 27 - Jan 1
You can see more info at...

Sep 2011 - Fight Choreography Gig
Paul choreographed the stage combat for
the Snorks & Pins NYC production of
Love's Labor's Lost

July 2011 - One That Got Away
Despite 3 callbacks Paul did not get into
the Lincoln Center production of Blood & Gifts

June 2011 - Another Directing Gig
Piper Theatre’s 2nd Annual short play festival, Living Series
This year Paul directed WE HAPPY ANIMALS By Andrew Kramer
Which has also been accepted to the
36th Annual Samuel French
Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

May 2011 - Directing Gig
Bill Patton’s 1-Man show, ONE FOR THE ROAD
was chosen to be a part of the Piccolo Spoleto international art festival
Paul spent 5 days in beautiful Charleston, SC remounting the show

May 2011 - TV Commercial
Actually 2 commercials shot together
for Red Lobster

May 2011 - Staged Reading
A new comedy by Betty Shamieh called
As Soon As Possible
Read at New Dramatists in NYC
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Paul played an Iraqi professor at UC Berkeley,
Trying to hold his American-born family together,
While still holding on to his culture 

March 2011 - Public Speaking Gig

Delivered a seminar to the employees of the DEA in Arlington
The topic was Navigating the College Financial Aid Process

Jan-Feb 2011 – Theatre Gig

LIDLESS By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
at Interact Theatre in Philly.
Paul plays Bashir, a Pakistani–Canadian
previously held at Guantanamo Bay as a terror suspect
...and a review
“Nicholas - subtle, surprising - is clearly this show's anchor.”
- Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

Jan 2011 – TV Gig
TV’s most ineffective Defense Attorney, Mr. Linden Delroy is back on SVU
in the episode entitled, “Dirty”, airing 19 Jan.
working opposite the spectacular Shohreh Aghdashloo

Nov 2010 – Fight Choreography Gig

Paul had the challenge of creating the stage combat for
That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play
By Sheila Callaghan, Directed by Joe Canuso
for Theatre Exile in Philly
Fight Choreography rarely gets mentioned in a review,
and especially not by a notoriously tough reviewer, but…
“J Paul Nicholas choreographed the fights - bloody, noisy, and ridiculously believable.”
-  Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

Oct 2010 (busy month) – Movie Gig

Paul played Dr. Vartan in the indie feature
The Normals
Written by Chris Ciancimino
& Directed by Kevin Connors


and a Directing Gig

Paul directed a staged reading of a play called
PRIMETIME by Daryl Watson
At The Access Theater on Broadway
(ok, no, not THAT Broadway, but it was on Broadway… in Tribeca)


and another Movie Gig

Paul plays Affan Alaam, an Iraqi immigrant
in the independent film, THE FENCE,
shot in the beautiful seaside towns of Connecticut.
Check out the trailer on the 'film clips' page.

Aug 2010 – Acting Gig

Spent a week at Dartmouth College
workshopping a new play called BENEDICTUS.
Paul played Ali Kermani, a 56 year old Iranian clergyman / politician.
The play is written by Motti Lerner
and the workshop was directed by Daniella Topol.
The development series was sponsored by New York Theatre Workshop

Jul 2010 – Teaching Gig

Teaching Stage Combat to 12 – 16 year olds
For the month of July as part of
Piper Theatre’s Children’s Summer Workshop

Jun 2010 – Directing Gig x3

Paul Directed Bill Patton in his 1-man show entitled
At Harcum College outside Philadelphia
And he Directed Arthur French II in a 1-man show called
At the Brooklyn Arts Exchange as part of
Piper Theatre’s Living Series play festival
And he also Directed a short play called
At the same play festival

April 2010 – Directing Gig

Directed a staged reading of Macbeth
(oops… can we say that word on a website?)
for Folding Chair Classical Theatre

March 2010 – TV Gig

Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to lose yet another case on SVU.
This time working with Quinton Aaron (from The Blind Side),
Lisa Arrindell Anderson & Jill Scott

Jan 2010 – Theatre Gig
LANGUAGE ROOMS begins rehearsals at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia
The show runs 3 Mar – 4 Apr and
Paul will again be playing Nasser as in the workshop
And Fight Choreography Gig
Paul is also creating & staging the combat for LANGUAGE ROOMS
Ooops... Paul just found out from the theater that AEA Insurance rules
prohibit the Fight Choreographer from being in the fights.
So, sadly, he is unable to take this job.

20 Nov 09 – TV Gig
Paul returned to Law & Order (the original)
But this time as Leon, a hospital security guard
In the episode entitled, “Shotgun”,
Working with Anthony Anderson, Jeremy Sisto & Elliott Gould

Nov 09 – Personal News
Paul spent a week in Miami for a little family reunion.
Cool pics can be found on his Facebook page.

Nov 09 – Film Screeing
Was screened at the Big Apple Film Festival
This indie was previously screened at Rotoreliefs in London
and at Cannes in their Short Corner series
Paul plays the Heart Thief who (literally) steals the hearts of unsuspecting women
without killing them, in a magic realist noir world of strange compulsions
and uncontrollable passions.

5 Oct 09 – Barrymore Awards
SCORCHED receives 3 Barrymore Awards!
Including Outstanding Ensemble in a play.

Oct 09 – Fight Choreography Gig

Folding Chair Classical Theatre’s Production of
The Duchess of Malfi
Paul also plays Antonio in the production 

23 Sep 09 – TV Gig
Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to Law & Order: SVU
for his 6th season in the episode entitled “Unstable” 
with Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (from ...Benjamin Button) as his client.

Sep 09 – Staged Reading
Another workshop & staged reading of
BLOOD & GIFTS by JT Rogers
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
This time at New Dramatists in NYC 

Aug 09 – Staged Reading

LANGUAGE ROOMS by Yusef El Guindi
Workshop & Staged Reading
Directed by Blanka Zizka at The Wilma Theater
Paul played Nasser, an Arab-American interrogator of Arab suspects.

Aug 09 – Award Nomination
SCORCHED is nominated for 11 Barrymore Awards
Including Best Production and Best Ensemble Performance

July 09 – Staged Reading
BLOOD & GIFTS by JT Rogers
Workshop & Staged Reading
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien at PlayPenn in Philadelphia
Paul played Abdullah Khan, an Afghan Mujahid in the 80s

June 09 – Theatre Gig
Directed by Benjamin Lloyd at the Adrienne in Philadelphia.
Paul played Amahl, an Iraqi Professor of Ancient Greek History
wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Baghdad.


Review of Paul in JOHNNY…
“Very impressive” - Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

May 09 – Film Screening
is screened at the Cannes Film Festival
as a part of their Short Corner series.

March 09 – Acting Gig
Directed by Blanka Zizka at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia
Paul plays Nihad (and other roles), a 25 year old Lebanese sniper/assassin
who considers himself an artist and who is infatuated with 80s rock ballads.
Later Nihad is a 42 year old former prison guard on trial for raping & torturing political prisoners.


Reviews of Paul in SCORCHED
“Excellent” - Matt Prigge, Metro (Philadelphia)

“Fabulous” - Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, The Phillyist

February 09 – Acting Gig
Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to Law & Order: SVU
for his 5th season in the episode entitled “Transitions”.

Fall 08 – Personal News
Paul finally takes a long overdue European Vacation,
visiting 10 cities in 7 countries over 4 weeks.

July 08 – Acting Gig
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore at the Olney Theatre in Maryland
Paul plays several roles including
French Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin; an Iraqi Exile;
Saddam Hussein; an American Journalist; and others.

July 08 – Film Screening
is screened in London, England
as a part of the Rotoreliefs series.

Winter - Spring 08 – Acting Gig
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
6 month repertory season of 3 plays:
Romeo & Juliet and Cymbeline, Directed by Geoffrey Sherman
The Count of Monte Cristo, Directed by Charles Morey

Fall 07 – Acting Gig
TRIPTOSANE – Independent feature film
Written & Directed by Michael DiCerto
Paul plays the central character, Rupert Graham, who has been using pharmaceuticals to keep his haunting mystical dreams in check. Then a chance meeting (or was it) with a doctor who researches Psychedelics takes him on a deep exploration of the source of his dreams and of human consciousness. He begins to blur and cross the lines between dream state and reality, between past and present.

August 07 – Acting Gig
Independent short film
Written & Directed by Lisa Stock
Paul plays the Heart Thief who (literally) steals the hearts of unsuspecting women without killing them, in a magic realist noir world of strange compulsions and uncontrollable passions.