Nicolette is a theatre educator, social skills trainer, playwright, and director. With ArtStream, she designs curriculum for Leadership Programs which teach social and pre-employment skills using an arts model. Among these programs, she created the award-winning “Positively Speaking” workshops in partnership with Down Syndrome Network Montgomery County.
Nicolette has written two books: an interactive handbook, ArtStream for Life: A Social Skills and Communication Handbook for Self Advocates, and a children’s book, The Colorful Adventures of Pauline and Tiff. ArtStream for Life was published by ArtStream, Inc. and Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc., and produced with a grant from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. The lessons in the handbook are presented live by Nicolette and a self-advocate to help the audience understand that communication skills are for everyone. Pauline and Tiff was co-authored by Nicolette and an ArtStream client with Down syndrome and features illustrations by Annie Dykstra. The book was self-published through a private grant.
Nicolette is proud to co-host Montgomery County, MD’s first inclusive talk show “Telling Your Story with Terrel and Nic.” Terrel and Nic’s talk show received two 2019 Montgomery County Media Monty Awards: the Viewer’s Choice Award and the Best Co-Hosts Award.
In 2017, Nicolette was awarded “Outstanding Technical Achievement” by the Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival. The award recognizes Nicolette’s commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities, and, especially, her work preparing self-advocates with Down syndrome to speak in the halls of Congress.
Nicolette is a proud member of Leadership Montgomery 2010 Core Class and holds a Master of Education from George Mason University. She lives in Germantown, Maryland.