recent project

Smaug Puppet build- on hold

Creating and building a large mouth puppet version of Smaug, with the guidance of Jon Bristol of Elmwood Productions. This puppet will be used in May 2020 for No Boundaries Youth Theater’s (based in New Britain, CT) The Hobbit.

This puppet is based of off the 1970’s Hobbit cartoon that I grew up watching. He’s built from foam, fleece, fabric, and scrap material in the studio. So far this project has only cost $28 and has been built using scrap material in the studio and just 4 squares of felt, one long-sleeve shirt and 3 yards of fabric.

I can’t wait to share him with the young actor, the cast, and audiences this spring!


Currently this project is on hold as Covid-19 has closed down the community theater for the foreseeable future.

Picture Portfolio


Costume/clothing commissions

Can help you create the perfect Halloween/cosplay costume, historical dress, or fun outfit to wear to the holidays and beyond!

Theater Instruction

Classes for any ability and willing to travel throughout CT. I have nearly 10 years of teaching experience with many years focused on differently abled young adults.


About me

 Nicki is an experienced teaching artist in central Connecticut. In April 2019 she took on the role of Artistic Director at No Boundaries Youth Theater. She has been a theater teaching artist based in CT and has been with NBYT since January 2011, where she has taught, directed, performed, stage managed, and designed and built costumes. She also works as a teaching artist and costume designer at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, CT. Nicki has taught theater programs for East Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Performs, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Performing Arts Programs, and the Gateway Project in Massachusetts. During the summers of 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nicki traveled to The Freedom Theater in the West Bank of Palestine to work with children living in the Jenin refugee camp. Nicki joined the Day of Tears Touring Company in 2019, and can be seen weekly at the Mark Twain House as a Living History Tour Guide (Katy Leary). She has been a company member with Elmwood Productions as a puppeteer since early 2016. Nicki has also performed locally at New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater in The Vagina Monologues, The Impracticality of Modern-day Mastodons (mastodon puppeteer) and Rocky Horror Show (Transylvanian ensemble). Also a comic con regular and avid costumer, she has joined the world of 18th century reenacting and historical costume construction.


Costume Design

Full Name

Nicki LaPorte

Art Sub-category / Genre

Theater/Puppetry/Living History/Costume Design


Bristol, CT, USA