Currently the Resident Music Director at Surflight Theatre under Artistic Director Steve Steiner, Nicholas Kaminski is an actor, musician and composer originally from New Jersey, specializing in piano, voice, and conducting.
Nicholas has performed alongside virtually every kind of performer, from musical theater artists like Roger Bart (The Producers) and Andrea McArdle (Annie), acclaimed directors like B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot) and Norb Joerder (Camelot), Broadway music directors like Patrick Vaccariello (Cabaret) and Larry Pressgrove ([title of show]), rock bands like Jack's Mannequin, and legendary composers like Eric Whitacre (Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings). Nicholas assisted composer/orchestrator Ned Ginsburg (Kiss Me Kate) on the world premiere of Ginsburg’s musical, Boynton Beach Club. He also has performed as an accompanist in NYC cabarets, including Bitching and Belting and WADE: Reflections in the Water. Nicholas is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Nicholas is the composer, lyricist, and book writer of his completely original musical, Transgender Starborn: Disco Queen of the Universe, which received a staged reading and cast recording at Surflight Theatre in 2018. He has also composed music for animated shorts, cabaret pieces, musical theatre shorts, and standalone albums.
Favorite credits: Music Direction: Cabaret (National Tour, AMD/Accordion/Synth), Bright Star (Surflight Theatre, MD/Piano/Accordion), The Rocky Horror Show (Ten separate productions, MD/”Narrator”/”Dr. Scott” variously); Acting: Souvenir (Surflight Theatre, “Cosme McMoon”), House Hunters (HGTV, “Himself”), Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Carnegie Hall, Ensemble).
Nicholas holds his Bachelors of Arts in Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Nicholas is also a music educator, having served as the Upper School Choir Director and Music Teacher for Golda Och Academy from 2014-2017 and as Drama and Music Director for Edison High School from 2008-2013.