Niky Wolcz studied at the Theater Universitat in Bucharest and since has been in high demand as an actor, teacher, and director throughout Europe. He has been on the faculty at Columbia University in New York City since 1996, where his productions include Twelfth Night,The Caucasian Chalk Circle , Ionesco’s Bald Soprano, The Lesson, and Turandot, The Tempest, Dr. Faustus Lights the Light, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Constant Prince. He has organized over 14 International Festival Productions with Columbia actors touring to Germany, Roumania, the Chech Republic, Italy, and Korea. He has also taught acting extensively in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich, Bern, Berlin, Zuerich, Limoges, Paris, Florence, Glasgow and Bucharest, in addition to workshops in Commedia dell’Arte, Biomechanics, allegorical theatre, Dada, Jarry, Vitrac, Artaud, surrealist theatre, and clown and mask work.
Niky is guided by the principal that the actor is both musician and musical instrument, and that acting training must cultivate both thought and physical acumen. To this end, he has developed an innovative and unique training program, catered to the themes and characters of the material chosen and rooted in principals from rigorous eastern and western performance traditions.
European directing credits include La Dispute, The Birds, Scapin, L’Adororation, The Shadow,Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, The Temptation of St. Anthony, The Servant of two Masters, and Mockinpott. Recently he collaborated with Ulla Wolcz to adapt and direct Herta Mueller’s Nadirs . In opera he has directed productions of Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Il Campiello, La Boheme, The Love of Three Oranges, Roberto Devereaux, and Turandot.
Niky has also choreographed and codirected with Andrei Serban in Vienna, Genève, London, Paris, Germany such works as Prince Igor, Contes d’Hoffman, The Merry Widow, L’Italiana,Pagliacci, L’Inde Galante, The Love of Three Oranges, and at the Metropolitan Opera of New York Benvenuto Cellini and Faust. His roles include Touchstone, Arturo Ui, Luca, Mephisto, Tristan Tzara, Buster Keaton, Arlecchino, Pantalone, and Pierot.
Television directing credits include numerous for German and Romanian TV including Anagoor by Dino Buzatti, Ghitanjali by R. Tagore, The Sexton by M. Soresco, The Wren andAdriana and Ion, as well as numerous documentaries. Niky has also acted in several German and Romanian films.