NORA KIRKPATRICK grew up in rural Iowa 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, Glastonbury and SXSW, among others. Nora was a founding member and played accordion with the group for seven years.
Nora honed her writing skills while on tour, and upon leaving the group, hit the ground running, selling shows to CBS, Hulu, and Comedy Central, among others.
She is currently in production on her feature, A TREE FELL IN THE WOODS, produced by Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born.) Following this feature, she will direct a high-school coming of age comedy, KISSING EZRA HOLTZ, for Amazon, and a surreal drama about a down and out female musician in Los Angeles, FURTHER TO GO, for STX.
She is a writer on two forthcoming Amazon series, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX, produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Riley Keough, and RODEO QUEENS, starring Dakota Johnson.
In 2019, Nora created, wrote and directed a 15- episode interactive television show for EKO and FunnyOrDie. This series, THE COOP, co-starred Tony Hale, Bobby Moynihan, Bridget Everett and Margaret Cho. She recently directed episode #712 of THE GOLDBERGS for ABC and was the first woman ever to direct a campaign for Bud Light. She has gone on to direct worldwide campaigns for Uber One, Duracell, Nestle and Peloton, among others.
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.
In 2017, Nora sold her TV show ASSISTED LIVING to CBS, executive produced by Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum. In 2016, Nora created a five-part VR comedy series with SNL alum Mike O’Brien, which is currently airing on Hulu, and sold her TV show, BEST SELLER, to Comedy Central, produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions and Olivia Wilde.
She recently directed a pilot for The Jackal Group, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss. Her short films have played over fifty film festivals around the world garnering many awards, including Best Director at the Prague International Film Festival (2020) and several Grand Jury Prizes. She won a Davey Grant for her screenplay Long Time Listener, First Time Caller, and was chosen as a fellow of the 2018 Sony Diversity Directing Program.
Nora has played many roles in film and TV, including GREEK, JENNIFER FALLS, and THE OFFICE.