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 a writer on the new Amazon series produced by Reese Witherspoon, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX, and the forthcoming Amazon series starring Dakota Johnson, RODEO QUEENS. 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. It was produced by Lee Eisenberg and Jarrad Paul. In 2017, Nora sold her TV show ASSISTED LIVING to CBS, which was 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.
She recently directed a pilot for The Jackal Group, starring 2018 Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss, that was sold to QUIBI. Her short films have played over fifty film festivals all over the world garnering many awards, including Best Female Director at the Prague International Film Festival (2020) and the Grand Jury Prize at The San Diego Film Festival, Sioux City Film Festival and the Femme Filmmakers Festival. She won a Davey Grant for her screenplay Long Time Listener, First Time Caller, and the Best Screenplay award from both Shore Scripts and Hollyshorts for her pilot, Best Seller. She was also 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.