Kimberly Faith Hickman is a theatre producer, director, choreographer and teaching artist whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours and regional theatre productions across the country. Focusing on new and existing work by contemporary writers, including both plays and musicals, her directing and choreography work has been praised by Broadwayworld.com, Backstage and other news publications as "verbally and visually bursting with ideas", "never is there a wasted beat, nuance or moment", "undeniably stunning", "impeccable", "deft", "inventive and impressive" and "fast paced, emotionally riddled work."
On Broadway, Kimberly has worked on productions that earned 19 Tony® Award nominations combined. Off-Broadway she has worked on productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, Women’s Project, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Row and PTP / NYC at Atlantic Stage 2, as well as terraNOVA Collective, Horse Trade Theatre Group, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Tongue In Cheek Theater, Attic Theater Company, Origin Theatre Company, and Writopia Lab. Regional credits include Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, CA), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA), Westport Country Playhouse (Westport, CT), Know Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), Omaha Playhouse (Omaha, NE), Springer Opera House (Columbus, GA), Off Square Theatre Company (Jackson Hole, WY), Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN) and national touring companies Capstone Theatricals, Springer Theatricals and Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
Kimberly has also worked as an Associate Director or Assistant Director to artists that have won Tony, Lortel, Obie, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle awards and others. These credits include collaborations with directors Pam MacKinnon (Smudge at Women’s Project, Dinner With Friends at Roundabout, and Clybourne Park at Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway, nominated for 4 Tony® Awards and winner of the 2012 Tony® Award for Best Play), Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties on Broadway and The Commons of Pensacola and Of Good Stock at Manhattan Theatre Club), David Esbjornson (Gabriel, Atlantic Theatre Company), Tony nominee Maria Aitken (Quartermaine’s Terms, Williamstown Theatre Festival starring Jefferson Mays) and Tony nominee John Tillinger (Children, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Westport Country Playhouse starring Judith Light). She also worked on the Broadway premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, the final musical theatre collaboration by John Kander & Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), directed and choreographed by 5-time Tony® Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), and nominated for 12 Tony® Awards.
Kimberly has served on selection committees for the Zelda Fichandler Award, Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, SDC Foundation Observership, The Kilroy's List, Women's Project Playwrights Lab, The Jewish Plays Project and terraNOVA Collective Groundbreakers Playwrights Group.
Kimberly has worked in film, television and web as a director for the web series "Shoulda Swiped Left", as well as a member of the production teams for “Honk! The Movie”, starring Bob Clendenin (“Cougartown”, “My Name Is Earl”) and Michael Wright (“Oz”); as well as the reality television series “The Glee Project” and "The American Baking Competition" in NYC.
Kimberly is a recipient of three directing fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, an Alec Baldwin Directing Fellowship, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Directors Lab West, recipient of two SDC Observerships, a finalist for the 2011 Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship on Broadway and an Artistic Associate with terraNOVA Collective. She received Diversity and Accessibility training from the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York, and completed a two year National Arts Strategies training for arts and culture leaders in the areas of intentional diversity, critical vision, contrasting connections and strategic disruption. She also received Safe Space and Active Ally training to publicly identify as an Ally to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans spectrum, queer spectrum, intersex, asexual, gender spectrum, and/or sexuality spectrum (LGBTQIA+) community.
Kimberly is a co-founding member of Bechdel Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling stories that pass the Bechdel test, as well as a proud member of SDC, the union for professional stage directors and choreographers.
From June 2016 to December 2020, Kimberly served as the Artistic Director of Omaha Playhouse in Omaha, NE, a non profit theatre producing twelve plays / musicals annually, a large national tour, alternative programming special events and a variety of educational and outreach offerings. During her tenure, Kimberly rebranded the OCP education wing to become the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, a program teaching life skills through stage skills for youth and adults; created the Omaha Community Playhouse Directing Fellowship, a professional training program for early and mid-career stage directors; expanded audio described and American Sign Language accessible programming and began sensory friendly and Spanish translated programming for the Omaha metro community. In the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown, Kimberly produced three socially distanced, drive-in theatre events that followed health directives and made Omaha Playhouse the only theatre in the Omaha metro area that remained in production. She also produced and directed two one-person productions inside of OCP's blackbox theatre that was redesigned with covid safety protocols in mind. Inside of OCP's traditional main stage theatre, she re-adapted, produced and directed a very small cast production of A Christmas Carol, that was reimagined with socially distanced staging and choreography.
In January of 2021, Kimberly joined Billy McGuigan's Rave On Productions as Artistic and Education Director, and launched the McGuigan Arts Academy.
2010 - present
2010 - present