Nick Anselmo teaches acting and is the Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). He came to Drexel from Mercer County Community College (MCCC) where he was the head of the theatre and dance programs for over five years. He created the successful Late Night Series (LNS) at MCCC over six years ago and opened LNS-Philly three years ago upon arriving at Drexel. LNS is a free weekly open mike that features professional artists performing alongside students. He was the Artistic Associate / Education Director of the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, New Jersey, where he ran a successful replication of New York’s 52nd Street Project. He has directed several productions including his own adaptation of letters from soldiers fighting in Vietnam for a show called Vietnam: Letters and Remembrances, for which he also composed the music. As an actor Nick has appeared Off-Broadway at the York and Ensemble Studio Theaters and was a member of The Pulse Ensemble on 42nd Street in New York City. A few of the theaters he has appeared at regionally include The Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Asolo Theatre, Arkansas Repertory and Mill Mountain Theater. He has studied acting with Uta Hagen, Robert Cohen and Eli Simon and Shakespeare with John Basil. He studied dance with Buzz Miller, Chris Chadman, Bob Rizzo and Florence Lessing. He has an MFA in Musical Theater from University of California-Irvine and a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.