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    Nicole Burdette is a playwright and an actress. She adapted her critically acclaimed play Chelsea Walls into a screenplay, the film premiered at Cannes and was directed by Ethan Hawke. She received the Best Screenplay Award from the Newport Film Festival for Maze, a film she co-wrote starring Laura Linney. Nicole co-founded and named the theater company Naked Angels, where many of her plays have been produced; The Bluebird Special Came Through Here (directed by Rebecca Miller), Busted (directed by Timothy Hutton, starring Ashley Judd), Chelsea Walls (directed by Edwin Sherin) and many others. Nicole received the Agnes Ranjo Capps Fellowship for playwriting in conjunction with The University of Montana’s Montana Repertory Theatre in 2008. Nicole has served as adjunct faculty at both Columbia University’s Film School as well as their distinguished Writing Program. Nicole graduated with honors from New York University with a triple major in Acting, Writing and the Humanities and was the recipient of The Founders Day Scholar Award. As an actress Nicole has worked with directors Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Alan Parker, John Patrick Shanley, Kenneth Lonergan, Matthew Broderick, David Salle, Alan Taylor, Michael Mayer, Ethan Hawke, etc. in both theater and film. Nicole’s poetry, fiction and non –fiction have been published in several magazines and books. She is presently finishing her novel The Gold Standard. In 2018 she was nominated for the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Current Courses:

    Advanced Writing 2 (Spring 2020)

    Intermediate Writing 1

    Playwriting Circle

    Playwriting Circle (Spring 2020)