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. In 2021, Nora signed on to direct her first feature length film, a high-school coming of age comedy, for Amazon, and her second feature, a surreal drama about a down and out female musician in Los Angeles, for STX. In 2020, she was writer 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. Nora helmed three commercials for the brand, shot during covid in 2020.
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.