Elia Nichols grew up wanting to be an actress and one day live in Florence. And this is precisely what she set out to do. Today, after five years of living in the city, this very determined young woman is not only an accomplished actress, but she also created an international theatre company with other expats. To boot, she is a professor of the Lorenzo de' Medici Body Language and Communication course and, more recently, is making waves as a freelancer in the world of public relations and advertising. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, she first set eyes on Florence at the age of 14, on a visit here with her father, and she knew it was someplace special. Little did she know back then that, years later, she would be captivating audiences in the Bargello and helping to dress future Florence mayor Matteo Renzi in costume for FESTA's theatre production of Peter and the Wolf!