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Nicole Pryor Dernersesian
President and CEO, FireStarter Entertainment
Head of West Coast Theatre Department and East Coast Theatrical Department (Theatre and TV/Film)
Raised just thirty minutes from Hollywood, California, Nicole always felt drawn to the performance spotlight. She began taking piano lessons at four and at age 12, talent met discipline when she added formal voice lessons and began writing original music. Her hard work paid off with a scholarship to Pepperdine University for classical voice. Typical of her incredible work ethic, she graduated with a degree in advertising and music in only three and a half years.
In 2006, Nicole was cast in the Las Vegas Company of The Phantom of the Opera. In 2008, while still performing in Phantom, Nicole established Firestarter Entertainment as a production and management company. Nicole wrote, directed, cast, produced, managed and booked 2 shows under Firestarter Entertainment.
In September of 2012, after 6 1/2 years and over 2600 shows, Nicole took her final bow on the stage of The Phantom of the Opera and returned home to Los Angeles where she transitioned her company, Firestarter Entertainment, into a fully registered and bonded talent agency.
In addition to her stage and vocal work, Nicole taught private vocal lessons for over 14 years, including a 2 year stint as a Professor of Vocal Performance at her alma mater, Pepperdine University. Whenever possible, she lends her time to teach master classes at Universities and Organizations around the country.
Firestarter Entertainment (also known as FSE Talent) has grown exponentially from year to year, primarily due to the hard work and dedication of FSE’s talent agents who represent an outstanding roster of talented actors.
Nicole is thrilled to be the head of such a trailblazing company and looks forward to continued growth and success for both the company, its agents and its talent!