John San Nicolas


John is a prolific, dynamic and versatile actor who has been proud to call Portland home since 2005. A native of San Diego, CA, John received his acting training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and cut his teeth traveling the country on numerous national tours. He first worked at Artists Rep on Jack Goes Boating in 2011. He returned in 2014 for The Motherfucker With the Hat, after which he joined the stable of Resident Artists. Since then he has appeared in ExilesThe Invisible HandThe LiarGrand ConcourseA Civil War ChristmasTrevor, The Talented Ones, An Octoroon, The Humans and Magellanica. John has also performed with numerous other local companies including Portland Center Stage (Twist Your DickensThe Second City's Christmas CarolShakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline), Portland Playhouse (Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonBingo with the Indians), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (A Noble FailureThe Pain and the Itch), Oregon Children's Theatre (The Red Badge of CourageThe Pressure Point!), Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (Three Sisters), Badass Theatre Company (Invasion!), Miracle Theatre (Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Sonia Flew), The Anonymous Theatre Company (The CrucibleThe Good DoctorLend Me a TenorRumors), Clackamas Repertory Theatre (Baskerville) and Shaking the Tree Theatre (Far Away). He won a Drammy Award for his performance in Reasons to Be Pretty (CoHo Productions/Lucky Apple Productions). He recently starred in Fusion Theatre Company's productions of Disgraced and Old Times in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has also appeared on the television show Leverage and has made several appearances on IFC's Portlandia. He has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 2002 and serves on the Portland AEA Liaison Committee. He is also a founder and administrator of Softball Saturday-a weekly pick-up game for Portland theatre artists. He also teaches acting and directs plays on occasion, most recently directing the World Premiere production of Play by D.C. Copeland and teaching scene study classes at Jana Lee Hamblin’s Act Now Studio. John is enormously proud to call Artists Rep home. It’s his favorite place.