Dino Nicandros is a Los Angeles based actor and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. A native of Houston, Texas, Dino came out to California in 2010, where he pursued his education at Pepperdine University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Theatre Arts, Emphasis in Acting and was the recipient of the university’s John Raitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts (2014).
Dino has performed up and down California, and across the country, playing a number of prominent venues. He was most recently seen in International City Theatre's production of Daddy Long Legs (Jervis Pendleton) and McCoy Rigby Entertainment's production of South Pacific (Lt. Buzz Adams).
His most notable credits include: McCoy Rigby Entertainment's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Singing Voice of Quasimodo); 3-D Theatricals' Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein); Sacramento Music Circus’ production of 9 to 5 (Joe); Candlelight Pavilion Theater's How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (J. Pierpont Finch); Sacramento Music Circus’ production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (ensemble), and McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s Les Miserables (ensemble)(nominated for seven 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, including "Best Production Of A Muscial" and "Best Acting Ensemble Of A Musical”). Dino was also a member of McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s 1st and 2nd Canada/U.S. tours of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical (Boss Elf).
During 2016/2017, Dino's work included appearing in nationally distributed commercials for Thrivent Financial (Office Robot).
As for his time at Pepperdine University, Dino played a number of roles, most notably: Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Orgon in Tartuffe; JT Wells and Abe Steinman in The Kentucky Cycle, and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also debuted the role of Joe Angelo in the world premiere of Scottish playwright Peter Arnott’s play Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, with the production earning the prestigious 2012 Fringe First Award. He later reprised the role for the production’s U.S. premiere, as well as for its national tour of Scotland in 2013.
His master class training included studying under Sir Anthony Hopkins, as well as Pepperdine’s study abroad program in Scotland in association with Playwrights' Studio Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Harkening back to his high school days in Houston, Texas, Dino was a recipient of the Best Leading Actor Award (Julian Marsh in Memorial High School's production of 42nd Street) at the 2010 Tommy Tune Awards, staged by Houston’s TUTS Theatre Under The Stars for excellence in high school theatre. He appeared on Broadway as a Jimmy Award Nominee For Best Performance By An Actor at the 2010 National High School Musical Theatre Awards.