Nikkole Salter

Nikkole Salter is a Los Angeles-born and OBIE Award-winning actress and writer. Ms. Salter arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, In the Continuum. For its Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages, the Perry Street Theatre, and for its US State Department and Bloomberg sponsored international tour, Ms. Salter received an OBIE Award and the NY Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for Best New American Play, the Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, to name a few. Ms. Salter also received Helen Hayes and Black Theatre Alliance nominations for Best Actress for her performance. As an actress, Ms. Salter’s theatre credits include Stick Fly (IRNE Award nomination; co-produced by Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre), Tarell McCraney’s Head of Passes (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre), and Dominique Morisseau’s Mud Row (People’s Light Theatre). Ms. Salter can also be seen in Gavin O’Connor’s feature film Pride & Glory, Harold Jackson III’s independent film Last Night, Forrest Whitaker’s new series “Godfather of Harlem,” and is heard as the voice of Laticia in Rockstar Games’ video game release, Midnight Club: Los Angeles. As a dramatist, Ms. Salter’s work has appeared in over 20 Off-Broadway, regional and international theatres. The National Black Theatre production of her play Carnaval was nominated for 7 AUDELCO awards, including Best Playwright and Best Production and won for Best Ensemble Performance. Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, USA Fellowship nominee, a two-time Playwright’s of New York Fellowship nominee. She is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth, the National New Play Network/Cleveland Public Theatre, a musical with Neworks Productions, and is in development to write the television adaptation of Claude Brown’s New York Times Bestselling novel, “Manchild in the Promised Land.” BFA, Howard University.  MFA, New York University.