“I am haunted. By the feminine hidden, the feminine erased, the feminine violated. I march to address the past, present, future.”

Nikki Davis

Activist making Feminist Political Theatre with Ghosts

Location Icon Columbus, OH, USA

About Me

Hello friends! My name is Nikki and I am a feminist, activist, artist, academic, and visionary of otherwise worlds. I entered politics, like many other women and feminized persons in 2016 because I got scared, because I finally started paying attention as a privileged white woman. And thank a god we did! I am thrilled to be there.

I am the animator of the feminist, political, history-adjacent practice Theatre of the Ghostly Feminine. I am a theatre lover and maker who recognizes and seeks to harness theatre’s inherent power to question, to transform perceptions, to rupture supposed givens. I also consider myself a part-time historian and part-time history-adjacent researcher – always in search of the ghostly ebbs and flows, attuned to the hidden, the excluded, the erased, to what is not being said, to when unexpected emotions or physical responses arise in certain situations and in certain places. I go in search of feminized ghostly matters and then make theatre about them in order to addressed repressed or unresolved social violences and motivate actions towards more liveable futures.

I received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Richmond in 2016 followed by a MA in Performance Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2021. Between my degrees, I worked as an actor in Columbus, OH. I researched, created, and performed the feminist play "Marie Regina: The Life of Mary, Stuart Queen of Scots," which had its World Premiere in 2020 at the Abbey Theater of Dublin, Ohio. My current project focuses on the Pendle Witches and the eerie similarities between the European witch hunts and modern-day legislation in the US against feminine/feminized persons.

Communities I Identify With and/or Want to Collaborate With

Indigenous Peoples
Marginalized People
Sex Workers
Tribal communities

I Want to Take Action on

Abortion Rights
Civil Rights
Climate Change
Combating Corruption
Combating Rape
Combating Rape as a Weapon of War
Economic Justice
Ending Poverty
Ending Violence
Female Genital Mutilation
Free and Fair Elections
Freedom of Assembly
Free Press
Gender Based Violence
Girls’ Rights
Gun Laws
Intersex Rights
Land Rights
Menstruation Rights / Accessibility
Mental Health
Peace and Non violence
Protecting Evidence-Based Science
Reproductive Rights
Rights for Persons with Disabilities
Self Determination
Sex trafficking
State Violence
Transgender Rights
Voting Rights
Women’s Economic Security
Women’s Education
Women's Health
Women’s Representation
Women’s Safety
Workers’ Rights

Areas of Expertise

Creative Director
Fine Arts
Gender Equality
Teaching, Humanities
Teaching, Writing
Women’s Representation