About Nicole 'Coco' Roberge

coco@shifttheatre.ca

 

Nicole 'Coco' Roberge grew up in Coquitlam. Her first public performance was as La Petite Tulipe Jaune in a French classroom play and she continued to perform as an actor, improvisor, dancer, singer, and activist throughout her childhood. Coco studied theatre and education at UVic, travelled some of the world as a children’s entertainer with Princess Cruises, travelled more of the world in a VW van or with a backpack, became happily involved with the circus community, developed an expertise in Maillardville history, and won the World Cuban Salsa Championships in 2007 with her team.

In 2009, Coco moved to Brooklyn and graduated with an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010. As a teaching artist, she has 15 years of pedagogical practice but never stops learning. Her acclaimed solo show, Come Cuddle Me, originally produced by SHIFT for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2013, was recently presented at the 2014 New York Fringe. In October 2014, she was seen on stage for SHIFT’s production of very still & hard to see.

Back in Vancouver, Coco is passionate about collaboration and cross-genre exploration, community redefinition, and community development. She is a board member of Fight Like a Stick Theatre (formerly Leaky Heaven Circus) and teaches drama, dance, musical theatre, writing, and clowning in various contexts (including her regular gig at Riverside Secondary’s River’s Edge Theatre). Coco is especially interested in human contact, social vulnerability, and storytelling. She is also inspired by her spirited, supportive family and friends.