Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, Nikki earned her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music after achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville.
Prior to teaching at Baylor, Nikki spent four years as an Assistant Professor and Head of Costumes at Truman State University in Missouri. Nikki’s professional costume design and technology work has been seen at Cincinnati Opera, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre in Chicago, Harlaxton Manor in England, and Walt Disney World. Additionally, Nikki spent the summers from 2012-2017 as the Head of Costume Crafts at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
At Baylor, Nikki teaches Costume Design, Intro to Theatre Aesthetics, Advanced Costume Construction Techniques, Costume Crafts, and History of Costume, and designs at least one Mainstage production each semester. Nikki’s online portfolio can be seen at www.DominiqueRhea.com.