Nicole Upton

Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning
Chicago, Illinois

Nicole Upton is Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning at Ingenuity where she develops sector-wide strategies to strengthen student learning in and through the arts. She works with both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago’s arts and cultural community to build capacity, strengthen leadership and facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing within and among organizations. Previously, she served the CPS Department of Arts Education overseeing arts curriculum, instruction and assessment initiatives, professional development, partnerships and strategic planning for the arts and CPS Arts Education Plan implementation. She has also served as the Senior Director of Education at the Auditorium Theatre, Program Director and Drama Director at a sleep away camp, as a director and stage manager, and as a high school theatre teacher.

Nicole holds a BA in Comprehensive Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.