Nic Smillie has worked in theatre, film and television as a costume designer for nearly twenty years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Textile Design from Victoria University in Wellington.
Projects for Auckland Theatre Company include: To Kill A Mockingbird, A Dolls House, Paniora!, Midnight In Moscow, Awatea, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabaret, August: Osage County, Romeo & Juliet, The Pohutukawa Tree, The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Where We Once Belonged.
For film her work includes the recently released feature written and directed by Tusi Tamasese, One Thousand Ropes, along with Fresh Meat, Turangawaewae and Stickmen.
Winner of the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Contribution to Design for the television series The Insider's Guide to Love, Nic also designed costumes for The Insider's Guide to Happiness and Rage - a docu-drama about the 1981 NZ Springbok Tour protests. Telefeatures include; Tangiwai - A Love Story, based on the Tangiwai rail disaster of 1953 and Fish Skin Suit by Briar Grace Smith.
Her operatic designs include The Italian Girl in Algiers which was staged in both Auckland and Glasgow.
Currently based in Helsinki, she continues to return for work in NZ on a regular basis.