Nikiya Mathis is a Drama Desk Nominated New York-based multi-hyphenate artist who's love for the craft has fueled her writing, directing, and design. 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 Academy Award-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, MILK LIKE SUGAR at Playwrights Horizons and more. Her tv credits include SNOWFALL, THE LAST O.G., CHICAGO MED, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE BLACKLIST, THE NIGHT OF, BLUE BLOODS, SHADES OF BLUE, ELEMENTARY and more.
ActTRESSES Design & Consulting 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-- Nikiya became the change she wanted to see in the world. ActTRESSES Design 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.
As a Designer she has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, she has won a Henry Hewes Award, as well as an Antonyo Award. Her design credits include Broadway's Circle in the Square theatre: "Chicken & Biscuits", MCC Theatre: "Nollywood Dreams"; The Public Theatre "For Colored Girls", New York Theatre Workshop "Hurricane Diane", MCC: "Relevance" & "Nollywood Dreams", 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".