My name is Nick DeVito and I am a Singer/Actor/Dancer. I have been performing on stage since I was 5 as the “Yankee Doodle Boy” in Parkersburg, WV at my Aunt’s Smoot Theatre. Since then, I have stayed busy in theatre. I was lucky to grow up in Raleigh, NC, home of The North Carolina Theatre, an excellent Equity Regional Theatre. It was there that I started my professional career at the age of 9 playing Jerome in South Pacific, alongside broadway veteran Lauren Kennedy. I continue to perform there when given the opportunity. There I was instilled with a very high sense of professionalism and focus which has served me well.
My parents have always supported my life in the arts. My father has been the lead singer of “Backfence”, a classic rock cover band he founded, and my mother has always enjoyed singing around the house and volunteering at the theatre. Over the years, my parents paid for and drove me to numerous dance, voice and acting classes. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Growing up in Raleigh, I was surrounded by many outstanding teachers who were experienced and well-versed in their crafts. People like Carolyn Dorff, Ray Walker, Liz Labelle, Gene Medler, Tito Hernandez, Sully White and Heather Patterson King. Not only did they help me to grow as a performer but through their care, they shaped me into the focused and driven person I am today.
In High School, I attended Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida where I studied with Dave Clemmons, Debra McWaters and Ben Vereen. I performed in multiple youth productions produced by The North Carolina Theatre such as Chess (Gregor) and Blood Brothers (Narrator) directed by Casey Hushion, and A Man of No Importance (Robbie) directed by Tim Bennett. One of the most surreal experiences I’ve had in my career thus far was playing Javert in a county-wide production of Les Misérables directed by Terrance Mann, the original Javert on Broadway.
I attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I was admitted into the Musical Theatre program where I studied with many excellent professors: Michael Tahaney, Mollye Otis, Natalie Stewart, Robert Caprio, Tommi Galaska, Clarine Powell and others. During those four years, I always stayed busy between performing in shows, gathering props for Meisner acting class, learning my next “tech” song and sweating my ass off in dance class! I graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre.
Aside from strict Musical Theatre, I have tried to immerse myself in music and music theory throughout my life. I taught myself to play basic piano and took class in High School and College to learn the real stuff. I’ve also learned how to use Finale Notation Software, and can write and create clean audition cuts (a skill my college friends greatly appreciated!) and compose choral vocal arrangements. In college, I served as Musical Director for our Senior Practicum and Assistant Musical Director for our main stage production of The Threepenny Opera.
Besides theatre, I was an A/B student, doing my best work in Math and Science. I’ve always been a computer dork and I read Apple rumors and news daily, so if you need help picking a new Macbook or iPhone email me! My girlfriend and I frequently sing along with the theme songs to our favorite shows like The Big Bang Theory, Chuck, and Dexter. Most importantly, I am a killer Expert “Rock Band” drummer!