Nikiya Mathis is a New York-based actress who's love for the craft has fueled her writing, directing, and teaching work. She has a BA in Theater & Communications from Temple University and an MFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has originated roles in award-winning, world-premiere plays, including Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney's THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Olivier-Award-winner Dominique Morrisseau's SKELETON CREW, Pulitzer-Prize winner Lynn Nottage's NY revival of FABULATION; OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE at the Signature Theater, and more. Her tv credits include THE LAST O.G., CHICAGO MED, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE BLACKLIST, THE NIGHT OF, BLUE BLOODS, SHADES OF BLUE, ELEMENTARY and more.
ActTRESSES Design & Consulting Agency was created after years of experiencing her own hair-horror stories, in theater and on television sets; in addition to hearing actresses of color express the need to have someone who understands and caters to their hair needs. So Nikiya became the change she wanted to see in the world. ActTRESSES Design Consulting Agency specializes in wig design and styling for actors of color in film, TV and theater.
Actors she's styled for include tv stars Anika Noni Rose, Susan Kalechi Watson, Dewanda Wise, John Torturro, Andre Holland, Angela Lewis, Adrienne C. Moore, Susan Hayward & Jessica Frances Dukes. Along with Broadway stars Pascale Armand, Carra Patterson, Q Smith, Saigon Sengbloh and more. Nikiya's hair/wig designs and styles have also appeared on television shows such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Someone Great, and Charmed, among others. Her theatrical style & design work has been seen in productions at The Public Theatre (For Colored Girls) Signature Theatre (Big Love and By the Way Meet Vera Stark), New York Theatre Workshop (Hurricane Diane), MCC (Relevance), Soho Rep (For all the Women Who Thought They We're Mad), Women's Project (Our Dear Dead Drug Lord), Ars Nova (Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of The Future), Page 73 Productions @Walker Space (Stew) Ensemble Studio Theatre (Travisville), Classical Theater of Harlem (Antigone), National Black Theater (Crowndation), Huntington Theatre (Skeleton Crew), Longwharf Theatre (An Iliad) Berkshire Theatre (Hair), Theatre Works (Sunset Baby), NYU Tisch (Bulrusher, Three Days In the Country, Project/Project), American Academy of Dramatic Art (Picnic) and Barnard College (Funny House of a Negro).