Nick Kanellis

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(Instructor, Performer)

As a performer, Nick is half of the critically acclaimed improv duo “Trike,” which the New York Times calls "reliably one of the best improv performances in the city." Nick is also one of the premier motion capture actors for pre-vis commercial animatics in NYC (performing in over hundreds of animated spots for both 321Launch and Edit1), is a voice over artist for two of's top 10 podcasts for kids (Story Pirates and Don't Break the Rules!), was featured in TIME for Kids as an "improv expert," was named one of the 25 best things at Comic Con by Rolling Stone, and he is a two time New Yorker caption contest winner (three time finalist). He is a National Champion in Humorous Interpretation and four time National Finalist for the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the National Forensic League), and has acted in a variety of commercials for Pur Water Filters, Pace Salsa, Verizon, and more.

As a teacher, Nick Kanellis is an improvisational instructor and consultant, creating and facilitating workshops utilizing improvisational theater games and techniques to help participants become better communicators, collaborators, and leaders. He has been teaching applied improv for roughly 12 years with the Magnet Theater, leading workshops for companies including Google, Bloomberg, Nasdaq, Syracuse, Fordham, The Howard Stern Show, and more, as well as instructing a Medical Improv course with NYU Langone's Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine and their Palliative Care team. He also works as part time faculty at The Calhoun School and as a teaching artist/curriculum consultant with The Story Pirates. He also served as house team director at the Magnet theater for two years and is the originator of several improvisational forms including The Beast, The Nightly News, and The Medusa.

He also moonlights as the villainous wrestler "The King of Hearts" and is a co-creator of the pro wrestling show "Wrestlepocalypse" which has a new iteration every year at Northwestern to this day.

Past Ensembles

Hello Laser, Crush, Hench