Elia Nichols is a Speaker and Communication coach, a television and film actress, and an educator who brings twenty years of teaching and coaching experience in speaking and presentation techniques, team building, soft skills, and nonverbal and verbal communication.

Elia has been a professional actress for 15 years and is best known for her starring role as Professor Tucker in the comedic TV series Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends that airs nightly on the RAI Gulp channel in Italy and worldwide in 180 countries on Netflix. She is also one of the two co-founders of F.E.S.T.A. Theatre Company and produces and acts in many of its productions.

In addition, Elia has held high-level jobs in Public and External Relations and Learning and Development, which has given her insight into both the academic and business environments. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor of “Public Speaking” and “Body Language and Communication” at the European University Institute, the European School of Economics, Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici and the University of Texas at Austin. 

As often as possible, Elia incorporates elements of theatre, improvisation and comedy into teachings as she has found that this type of mindful and fun experiential learning leads to the most effective, transformational changes in her clients. Elia believes that charisma is a skill that can be learned and which, once mastered, has the potential to motivate, persuade, inspire, and advance business and personal interests. 

Now based in Florence, Italy, Elia divides her professional time between acting and speaker coaching. Elia loves that her work allows her to coach clients from all over the world and all types of fields.

Elia holds a Masters in Fine Arts* degree in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor in Arts degree in Theatre from Tulane University.