Ricky Nelson “NIKKI” Cimafranca is a freelance artist-teacher, choreographer and director. He started his work in theater in 2006 and since then he has been involved in several productions as a performer, choreographer, director, production designer and even as a stage manager. Taytayan ni Fabian, Pepe and Me, Popoy Buknoy: The Wander Boys, Ahh..Bakus, Scharon Mani and Dagit to name a few. Nikki, as he is commonly known for, is a PETA trained artist who facilitates various workshops for children, young people and adult. He earned his degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education at NORSU (Negros Oriental State University). He has also received various trainings organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in the field of dance, directing, stage productions, festivals and the like.
Currently, he is the President of YATTA (Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts) which won TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organization) in 2008. YATTA also organized TANGHAL 6 in 2012, a Visayas wide theater festival for schools, colleges, universities and community-based theater organizations. Nikki has also participated in IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) in Australia in May 2014. He was also a delegate in the first Asian Youth Theater Festival in Singapore last October 2017. As a dancer, Nikki is also an affiliated member of the Kahayg Dance Company, which participated in various cultural festivals overseas such as Korea and Taiwan. He is also the artistic adviser of YANO (Young Advocates of Negros Oriental) under the theater ministry of UCCP (United Church of Christ in the Philippines). At present, he continues to do cultural, community and advocacy work with YATTA.