Actor; Author/Writer; Filmmaker; Playwright; Producer; Teacher/Instructor
Nicholas Thurkettle is a writer, actor, and filmmaker.
Short films he has written and directed have played over 40 festivals around the world, winning awards such as People’s Choice – Best Short Film (Borrego Springs Film Festival) and Best Comedy Short (Albuquerque Film & Music Experience). His short film “The Dinner Scene” was acquired for distribution by the curated independent film streaming platform Seed & Spark.
He started his film career as a script reader, then story executive for producer J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) focusing on the creative development of such films as Dimension Films’ Piranha 3-D. After independent producer Room 9 Entertainment (Thank You For Smoking) purchased his comedy screenplay Queen Lara, he transitioned out of executive work. Since then he has optioned and developed multiple screenplays with filmmakers, and was hired to write the Crunchyroll anime pilot Children of Ether, which premiered on over 300 U.S. movie screens as part of Anime Movie Night.
He has three books published – the short story collection Stages of Sleep and the sci-fi thrillers Seeing by Moonlight and A Sickness in Time; the latter two co-written with M.F. Thomas. His plays have been produced on regional stages in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, Maryland, and throughout California, including at the OC-Centric New Play Festival and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. His one-act play The Rothko is represented for licensing by publisher Heartland Plays.
His on-screen acting work includes the feature films Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine, Aventura!, Afterthought, To a Dead Friend, The Whip, Revelator, and Reclaiming Friendship Park, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Love International Film Festival. He is also a prolific voice actor in animation, videogames, and audiobooks; and performed for five seasons with the heralded outdoor festival Shakespeare Orange County, serving as Artistic Associate and Casting Director for two of those years. He is an actor-manager with the Modjeska Shakespeare Players, bringing showcases and workshops to schools and non-profits.
He is a writer, producer, director, and performer with the award-winning sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology audio drama podcast Earbud Theater, as well as producer/head writer of their live stage spin-off. He is also the principal narrator for the Parsec Award-winning Brick Moon Fiction Podcast, showcasing new short stories from up-and-coming sci-fi and horror authors.
Thurkettle teaches workshops in voice acting and Shakespeare, and has lectured on storytelling and screenwriting for the likes of Columbia College of Chicago’s “Semester in LA” program, the Mt. San Antonio College Theatre Department, and his alma mater, Bradley University. He has spoken on panels at the Phoenix and Borrego Springs Film Festivals, Creative Screenwriting Expo, and the Willamette Writers Conference, and judged for both UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Competition and the Nicholl Fellowship. He works with the non-profit arts agency Arts Orange County, coordinating their local Emerging Arts Leaders program, and serves as an Associate Programmer – Short Films for the Newport Beach Film Festival.
He volunteers for the Second Harvest Food Bank and Laura’s House, and captains a team for the Orange County Out of the Darkness Walk raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He graduated Bradley University with degrees in Theatre and Music and a Global Scholar option from a semester of study at Hull University in the U.K., and is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance.