Drama Teacher, Middle Years and Diploma Program
A Passion for Theater
Once upon a time Nicolas Pavlos, Lincoln’s middle and secondary school Drama Teacher, thought he wanted to be a microbiologist. But, when our hero realized he was spending more time on his university’s stage than in the laboratory, he made the dramatic switch to performance. “I love theater,” he says, and his enthusiasm shows.
After college, Nicolas pursued his acting dream on the stages of London, New York, and Los Angeles, embodying offbeat characters in experimental off-Broadway shows and landing roles in small films. But, when he saw other actors getting complacent with their bit part in the Hollywood fantasy, he decided it was time for a change.
Now, he shares his passion for drama with middle and high school students at Lincoln, helping them bring their own fairy tales to life. “I’m very, very happy I made that leap to teaching,” he says. “I find myself learning from students much more about the challenges of and solutions to drama than I ever did when I was acting on my own.”
Having already turned his back to the LA scene, Nicolas doesn’t shy away from questions about his discipline’s place in students’ lives. “I like to keep it as practical as possible,” he says, “and I enjoy seeing kids begin to understand how they’ll be able to use dramatic and improvisational skills as, say, a doctor or an architect.”
That said, there’s nothing Nicolas likes better than pulling off a great student show to raucous community applause. As for his own acting career, he had a blast playing the villain Gaston in a community troupe’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast at his previous post in Abu Dhabi, and he dreams of putting together an adult theater group in Accra.
He’s not ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.
In a land far, far away
: born in Poland to American parents who were international educators, has lived most of his life internationallyMore than an actor
: a singer first, loves to croon ballads in the style of Frank Sinatra or Harry Connick Jr., occasionally rocks out to NirvanaAnd does he love the TV show Glee?
: Absolutely, a self-confessed “Gleek”