Michael Nikolakis was born in Athens and holds a BA in English Studies from the University of Athens. He continued his studies in England with an MA in English/Theatre from the University of Reading and a PhD in Politics/Theatre/Cultural Studies from the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University). His doctorate thesis, Staging Identity: Postcolonial Processes in Contemporary Irish Drama, has been referenced in numerous subsequent academic publications. Michael has lectured in Theatre Studies at universities in England and Ireland.
Michael has collaborated with various theatre groups in England and Greece for the production and staging of plays by William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Vaclav Havel, Edward Albee, Caryl Churchill et al.