Nick Leavens is a director, writer, producer, entrepreneur, and consultant. His focus as a director, producer, and Artistic Director is on new works. 

As a director Nick has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Naked Angels, HERE Arts Center, the Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre, Studio 42, The Brick, The New York International Fringe Festival, Stella Adler, At Hand Theatre, Ugly Rhino, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Crashbox Theatre, Active Theater, SITEfest, the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, and Vital Theater. Directing highlights include: Lieutenant of Inishmore (assistant director, Broadway/off-Broadway), The House of Von Macrame (The Management at the Bushwick Starr), Joan Jett of Ark, Moonbase (The Flea Theatre), Drunk Art Love, Unpleasant Men, Research: a novel for performance, (|the claque|). 

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of |the claque|, your favorite arts and performance conglomerate based in New York City. Nick has extensive experience in the arts, having worked at The Museum of Modern Art, Atlantic Theater, Sheen Center, Bay Street Theatre and others. He was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, is the President/Co-founder of vanity production company Coleavens Industries, was the Artistic Director/Producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2010 and the Producer of The Funny 2004, 2005, is a an Associate Consultant with GB Consulting Associates, is a freelance casting director, advises a half dozen theatre not-for-profits, and helped found McClure's Pickles. 

Nick's writing has been seen at The Flea Theatre, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Fault Line Theatre, The Vital Theatre, and the September Play Festival. His full lengths include BeerLords, and Ann(ed) all part of the Northumberland play trilogy. 

Over the last fifteen years Nick has produced hundreds of plays, films, and events in New York City and beyond. While the budgets of everything produced has varied from barebones to big-bucks, there has been one consistency, a commitment to quality.