Photo by Delmy Perez

Photo by Delmy Perez

Nicole Kempskie is an award-winning multidisciplinary writer. As a librettist and lyricist, she has explored her passion for writing about complex and interesting women of all ages with her musicals THE ORDER OF THINGS, MOTHER OF THE YEAR (The York Theater 4@15), IT’S ABOUT TIME (The Duplex; Off-Broadway Alliance Mentorship Project), and HELEN ON 86TH ST. (American Theater of Actors; Producer, Writer, Director) all with composer Robby Stamper.

HELEN ON 86TH ST. premiered in New York City in 2011 and the school edition is published and licensed by Playscripts, Inc.; it has been performed across the country and internationally.  The screenplay adaptation has received numerous awards and developmental grants including: a Stowe Story Labs/New England Film Fellowship, a Stowe Story Labs Berlinale/EFM sponsored project, ISA Fast Track Fellowship Top 6 List/Special Mention, London Film Awards Screenplay Finalist, Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship Finalist, International Family Film Festival Screenplay Winner, and Final Draft Big Break Quarter-finalist. Her television pilot, Coop, was a Semi-finalist in the Table Read my Screenplay Austin competition.

Nicole has been the recipient of artist and writing residencies at the Marble House Project in Dorset, VT, the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, the Stowe Story Labs Fall Narrative Lab, and has been a finalist for New Dramatists' Kleban Prize for lyric writing. 

In addition to dramatic writing, Nicole has written over forty theater, film, dance, and puppetry resource guides for BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and Lincoln Center Theater. She has worked as extensively as a professional actor, director, and choreographer for organizations and theaters such as Trinity Rep, The Huntington Theater, TheatreWorks USA, North Shore Music Theater, the 24 Hour Plays, and many others. She trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and the Moscow Art Theater, and received an MA in Interdisciplinary Theater Studies from New York University.

Helen on 86th St.  at Worcester Academy

Helen on 86th St. at Worcester Academy

A passionate advocate for arts education, Nicole has led workshops, master classes, and residencies for numerous New York City-based arts organizations and institutions, including the Broadway Teaching Group, BAM, Arts Connection, The Paley Center for Media, City Center, City College of New York, Fordham University, and the Kaufman Center, and has taught theater, dance, musical theater, Shakespeare, film, and media literacy to thousands of students throughout New York City. She is especially proud of the many musical theater programs she created throughout New York City with Robby Stamper for students with learning challenges and on the autism spectrum. She is the program coordinator for Broadway Teaching Group’s Student Summit events.

Nicole's web-based project, Dotty's Doodles, was a proud participant in 100 Days Action, an arts activism initiative dedicated to fostering an inclusive and expansive society, and committed to sustained engagement and action during Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.

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