Nikki Zaleski

Nikki Zaleski Education & Arts Justice ManagerNikki Zaleski


Arts Justice Director   |  773-599-1063


Nikki Zaleski holds her Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies and Performance Studies from Northwestern University, where she concentrated on community-based devised theater as well as gender-focused performance. She also holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, where she combined Public Health and Theater Directing coursework. Nikki came to ICAH through her work with Sisters Empowering Sisters, a reproductive justice and leadership group for young women previously sponsored by the Chicago Girls’ Coalition. Nikki is the Founding Artistic Director for FYI Performing Health Collective (now a program of ICAH), which designs participatory theater experiences surrounding sexual health and sexual violence for schools and programs. She is an Artistic Associate for Sojourn Theater as well as a founding member of Ag47, an arts mentorship collective that serves girls in the Logan Square neighborhood. Nikki has worked in public schools as a teaching artist through Urban Gateways, Communities in Schools of Chicago, and Redmoon Theater. She also works with Northwestern University, recently as visiting faculty for a class that developed a freshmen orientation performance program on sexual violence.