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43. Nick Duckart

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43. Nick Duckart

When Nick Duckart first told his folks that he wanted to be an actor, they were not pleased. In fact, his father refused to come to his shows. At the time, Duckart was an honor student in the top 5% of his class at Hialeah High, and his parents had had more academic hopes for their boy's future. Finally, though, Duckart Sr. begrudgingly agreed to see his son in the starring role of his high school's production of Godspell.

Somewhere around the scene where the crucified and bedraggled Jesus begs divine forgiveness for his persecutors, Duckart's dad had become a

convert. "He came to me after the show, just weeping and weeping, and he

said, 'I get it,'" Duckart recalls. "Now, every clipping or write up,

he takes it to work and shows it off. That's his thing."

Duckart's theater credits include Farragut North at GableStage at the Biltmore, The Whipping Man at the Caldwell Theatre, and Dr. Radio at Florida Stage. He's also appeared on USA's popular Burn Notice and performed voiceover and commercial work throughout Miami. He currently splits his time between New York and Miami, but says he will always consider himself "un pibe de Hialeah." 

1. List five things that inspire you.

-Risk-taking art
-Good music
-Good food

2. What was your last big project? 

What's a "big project?" In my opinion, it's a project that had a positive influence on my life, and every show I have ever done in SoFla has. I've had the honor of working at great theatres such as GableStage, Actors' Playhouse, Florida Stage, Mosaic, and the Caldwell, among others. I've met great people and have created some amazing productions that I'm very proud of. My last project, however, was a Broadway-bound musical named Cuba Libre written by Desmond Child (a Songwriters Hall of Fame member) at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California. I got the chance to play a young Fidel Castro, and will be doing so for the next year or so. 

3. What's your next big project?

I will be continuing work with Cuba Libre. Next year,I will also be doing A View from the Bridge at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, as well as Masked

at GableStage at the Biltmore. I'm also an ensemble member of the

kick-ass, brand new, theatre company, Zoetic Stage. Looking to keep

that rockin', and continue to do some work with them. But my biggest

project is always to be the best son, brother, and uncle I can be. I

have four nephews and a niece who think I'm awesome. I can't let them


4. Why do you do what you do?

Because I can't see myself doing anything else. I absolutely love telling stories, instilling emotion into an audience. There's just something about the artistic collaboration that makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I love being one of the cool theatre kids.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I used to have dreams of being in the NBA as a kid. I used to have a bad-ass jump-shot. I actually tried out for the Heat this year, but they went with some dude named LeBron, instead. 

[I don't want Miami to know that] I own every episode of I Love Lucy on DVD .,, for real.

The Creatives so far:

44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit

48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B

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