Nikolchev grew up in California’s Bay Area and holds a dual degree in Theater and Bioethics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He's an actor and writer for theater and film. He spent his first professional year on Chicago stages and producing his first one-man show, “Look, What I Don’t Understand.” Taking the momentum of a cold January run in Chicago and an international tour of “Look...” through the post-communist countries of Russia (Moscow), Armenia and Poland (basically Chicago), Anthony decided to further hone his acting living and working amongst the ghosts of European theatre. Supported by artist grants and pickled herring, he joined the Studio Matejka, training and performing for three years at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, while enjoying a transatlantic career split in Los Angeles. He has since created several award-winning solo shows as actor and/or writer, touring NYC, LA and Europe.


ANTHONY NIKOLCHEV is an actor, director and writer for film and theater, whose work has been seen in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Moscow, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Armenia and extensively in Poland. With his partner, Gema Galiana, they have created the company Galiana&Nikolchev’s The Useless Room, which practices Re:Form Movement on stage and film, a style of deconstructed physical expression focused on heightening the things we cannot say through words. 

Galiana&Nikolchev created the performance “The Last One,” Anthony starred in the extended Los Angeles run of “The Day Shall Declare It” directed by Sophie Bortolussi and Annie Saunders, and starred in “The Tragedy of Carmen” at the San Diego Opera.

Awards for Nikolchev's original theatrical performances include the 2012 and 2011 Best Actor for The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me (dir. Matej Matejka/Yuri Kordonsky) and Look, What I Don’t Understand, respectively, at New York City’s United Solo International Theatre Festival – the world’s largest of its kind – and a 2012 Best Actor and Best Foreign Film Award for the short film, Pearadise (writer Anthony Nikolchev, dirs. Matej Matejka and Anthony Nikolchev, produced by Studio Matejka) at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. He has also won Best Actor Awards at the 2016 Alicante Bloody Navidad Film Festival and the February 2017 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards for the short film, “Dead Flowers.” Other TV/film credits include: Like Lambs (dir. Ted Marcus), All These Voices (dir. David Henry Gerson) which won a 2016 Student Academy Award for Best Alternative Narrative, and CBS’s Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
He splits time working in Los Angeles, the UK, and continental Europe. His work as actor and writer has been called a “tour de force” by the LA Times, critically acclaimed in New York City, Chicago, London and Warsaw, and he teaches movement to actors at the California Institute of the Arts.