NORA KIRKPATRICK grew up in rural Iowa, and studied in Africa before graduating from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. Upon graduation, Nora did what her parents told her not to do, and joined a rock band. This band, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, won a Grammy, a gold record, and toured the world, playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and SXSW among others. Nora was a founding member and played accordion with the group for seven years.
Knowing that “professional accordion player,” albeit a lovely detour, was not her ultimate goal, Nora honed her writing skills while on tour, and upon leaving the group, hit the ground running, selling several TV shows.
In 2018 Nora created, wrote and directed DOOR NO. 1, a first of its kind live-action VR comedy series, starring Snoop Dogg and Ravi Patel, for Hulu. Produced by Lee Eisenberg and Jarrad Paul. In 2017, Nora sold her TV show, ASSISTED LIVING, to CBS, executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. In 2016, Nora co-wrote and directed a five-part VR comedy series, VIRTUALLY MIKE AND NORA, with SNL alum Mike O’Brien, which is currently airing on Hulu. That same year, Nora sold her TV show, BEST SELLER, to Comedy Central. It was produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions and Olivia Wilde. Nora has also played many roles in film and TV, including THE OFFICE, GREEK, JENNIFER FALLS, and Paul Lieberstein’s latest feature, THE SONG OF BACK AND NECK (Tribeca 2018).
Nora is currently in pre-production on an eight-episode murder mystery, THE COOP, for EKO and FunnyOrDie, that she is writing and directing. In September 2018, she directed a pilot presentation for Gail Berman’s production company, The Jackal Group, starring 2018 Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss. Her script, LONG TIME LISTENER, FIRST TIME CALLER, won the Best Screenplay grant through The Davey Foundation (2018), and BEST SELLER won the Best Screenplay award from Hollyshorts (2018) and Shore Scripts (2018).