A spark in my soul, I stand here making art and choices. My heart expressed on paper, canvas, stage and film for years to come. This is my voice. The colors of my vocal inflections, the words I place on paper, the soul I include in all that I do.
Who is to say where creativity lives? In my breathe, my heart, my body. There is a depth to it, like a river that travels to the open sea constantly moving and growing; growing intrinsically, my interpretation shared and emulated and stolen over and over, feeding itself with itself. Compounding voice and vision.
To think what creative contributions I make, I envision an interpretation outside my boundaries. Once shared it is no longer mine to control or protect, though it will always be personal to me.
Creativity is nourishment for the soul. A way to separate from the entrapment of the world and experience something cathartic and awe inspiring. It is in the moment you write a phrase and make yourself cry, speak from the stage and know you are beyond your own body, swirling your paintbrush like a dance that seeks permanency, or dance so fully that breath is effortless and your body is weightless AND…it is when you laugh so hard, you know you are fully alive!
Creativity is the soul of humanity.
Author: Finding True North
Nichole Donje is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and leader.
A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us.
A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players. Currently, she chairs both the Communications and Theatre Committees which she established. The Players celebrates the rich cultural life of New York City with exclusive member-only events that include live performances, readings by leading authors and playwrights, film screenings, and dining in its famous Grill Room. More information about The Players may be found at theplayersnyc.org. A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts but also reminds us of the necessity of building face to face relationships.
Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.
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