Ninchai Nok-Chiclana


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Ninchai is a performer, percussionist, and educator born and raised in Minnesota. She has loved performing music since she started learning the Afro-Puerto Rican art of Bomba y Plena when she was a kid. She discovered her love of acting soon after and has now worked with organizations throughout the Twin Cities like the Guthrie, History Theatre, Playwrights’ Center, and more. Alongside acting professionally, she is also a freelance Bomba dance teacher who is currently working with the Boriken Cultural Center as a performance lead. Ninchai truly enjoys the connection & joy that art and performance can bring and she is so excited to be working with Project Success!

Favorite musicians:

La Tribu de Abrante, Beyonce, Juan Luis Guerra, Yemi Alade

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

Angels in Tibet by Amaarae

Favorite books:

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and basically everything in the Percy Jackson universe by Rick Riordan

Favorite movies:

The Matrix (1 and 4 specifically), The Blair Witch Project, and Justice League: Dark

Favorite food:

French Toast

Favorite quote:

 “I’ve solved your labyrinth, puzzle master! The minotaur’s escaped, and you’re gonna get the horns buddy!”

― Brennan Lee Mulligan

Favorite subjects in school:

Choir and Language Arts

Favorite theater experience:

When I got to play Othello and learned how to die onstage!

Your ultimate vacation destination:


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Shapeshifting! Mystique was the coolest one in the Brotherhood of Mutants (and almost the X-Men, if Storm wasn’t on the team)

The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

Aiyana Sol Machado, my bomba dance teacher, the founder of Karaya Guey and a collective artists member of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

What you wanted to be when you grew up:

An actor!  😊