Digital Resume



Niki Selken (Nicole) M.F.A. is a tech and design consultant living in San Francisco. By day she has as focused on non-profit and design client work with her company Big Treehouse; she has a ten year career working with schools, publishers, design firms, feel-good organizations, law enforcement agencies, law offices, and small businesses of all kinds to help make their relationship with technology grow and change with the ever-shifting technological landscape. Her nighttime pursuits include playwrighting, performance, DJing, and blogging.



Big Treehouse 2008 – Present

Founder and CFO

  • Founded Bay Area IT and Web services.
  • Focusing on helping small business and non profits move from onsite to cloud and hosted website and computer solutions.
  • Clients include SEIU USWW, LYRIC, El/La, Zen Hospice, Beck Law Group, National Outdoor Media, and Education Outside.

Hesperian Foundation 2009 – 2011

IT and Web Projects Manager

  • Managed an upgrade of internal IT infrastructure (Mac, Windows, Linux servers) for Berkeley publishing company.
  • Supported the expansion of publishing content to new digital formats
  • Technical direction for Digital Commons: online art database, Wordpress/CMS based website, e-pub conversion with ebrary, and web publishing systems.

Giant Rabbit 2009 – 2011

Technology Consultant

  • IT Consultant for a Bay are firm focusing in Non Profit web and computer and technology services.

Thinc 2006 – 2009

Chief Technologist

  • Research and purchase equipment; install and maintain computers, software, servers, and networks for leading Bay Area design firm. Directed animated marketing presentation for Wal-Mart (May 2006).

UC Santa Cruz 2001 – 2005

Audio-Visual Assistant

  • Helped to repair electronics and install audio-visual systems using SP Controls, Crestron and AMX.
  • Researched and ordered equipment for classroom installations,with budgets up to $200,000.
  • Video source switching for live televised broadcasts.

Various Productions 2001 – 2006

Lighting Designer and Operator

  • Design looks and light choices for dance, theatrical productions, and art shows.
  • Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2002), Actors Theater, Santa Cruz (2002), San Jose Stage Company (2004), Interrupted Life, New College of CA (2006).



Ko Labs Theater Collective 2007 – Present

Creative Director

  • Ko Labs, founded in 2007 by Niki Selken, is a Ko-laboratory catalyst for new theater works.
  • Gods of San Francisco: wrote and performed one-act multi-media musical .
  • Moving Through Syzygryd: directed site-specific movement piece in connection with instillation Syzygryd.
  • The Pride and Prejudice Project : wrote and performed experimental adaptation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Mourning Papers: co-directed this 30 minute, 50 performer anti-war performance piece Novemeber 2007, Union Square, San Francisco.
  • The Memory of Water: Directed, and Performed evening length multimedia performance piece.

CAT Productions 2001

Creative Director

  • Directed performance of Low Level Panic at Custard Factory in Birmingham, England.



She Was a Computer 2012


  • Performed and technical support in Cara Rose DeFabio’s original piece about women in the digital age at Counterpulse Theater, San Francisco.
  • Performance received a review in The Atlantic by the tech editor.

Worlds Apart: Local Response – 51802 2007


  • Dancer in Erika Chong Shuch’s performance piece about issues of incarceration at Yerba Buena Forum Theater, San Francisco.

Bodies in Crisis 2002


  • Ensemble based Butoh inspired performance about September 9-11 performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland.

Cinderella 1999


  • Acted a Regan, an Evil stepsister, in this musical production of Cinderella directed by Paul Whitworth at UCSC Main Stage, Santa Cruz.



  • 2012 San Francisco City College, Continuing education in HTML5/CSS and Design
  • 2007 New College of California, MFA in Experimental Performance
  • 2003 UC Santa Cruz, Certificate in Theater
  • 2002 UC Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts in Theater


Adobe Photoshop  Expert Knowledge   Adobe CS3 - CS6 fluent

Adobe Illustrator  Expert Knowledge   Adobe CS3 - CS6 fluent

Adobe In Design  Moderate Knowledge   Adobe CS3 - CS6 fluent

HTML5/CSS  Moderate Knowledge   Fluent in current xHTML5 and CSS standards

PHP/MySQL  Moderate Knowledge   Fluent in various MySQL applications and PHP

Mac / PC  Expert Knowledge   Windows and Mac desktop and server fluent

Wordpress  Expert Knowledge   Fluent in customizing and designing Wordpress