Nick Kanellis is an instructor, performer, and coach at the Magnet Theater. He was born and raised in Iowa City and began his theater and improv training at Northwestern University. As an instructor, Nick has taught workshops for Gravitas Technology, PepsiCo, Google, Metlife, Edelman, and several colleges, and continues to be amazed at just how much improvisation can improve teamwork, creativity, and positivity in the workplace.
Nick spends a lot of his time working as a motion capture actor for 321Launch/Charlex, where he dons a spandex suit covered in reflective balls to do the movements for animated characters. He also works as an Improv/Theater/Creative Writing instructor with the Story Pirates and at the Calhoun School.
You can watch Nick do improv on Saturdays with Kiss*Punch*Poem and in his duo Trike (New York Times Critics Pick, Time Out New York Critics Pick, Splitsider Guide to Comedy-Best Weekly Shows) which the New York Times calls "reliably one of the best improv performances in the city."
You can watch Nick on your computer or television in Commercials for Topps Juicy Drop Candies, Quirky, Toys R Us, Lexus, and more.
Fun Facts: Nick is a New Yorker Caption Contest winner, a National Champion in Humorous Interpretation for the National Forensic League, and was Homecoming King at Northwestern University