AR Nicholas

Director, Screenwriter, Actor

Produced films include UNIVERS’L (festival prize winner Mannheim-Heidelberg, Film festival of Human Rights, Brussels) and FAMOUS AGORAPHOBIC WINNER TELLS ALL! (as Director) Her short THE BIG BOWLING BALL (James Remar) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Actions short. Produced plays include Petting Zoo Story (Primary Stages ESPA & NY Shorts Festival), Villa Thrilla, Our Dark Connection, The Elegant Dinner, Searching for Mary Jane, commissioned for THEATRE IN THE DARK, Odyssey Theatre, LA Weekly Theatre Award nominee; Lu/Lou (Dorothy Lyman), The Beaver Suite (Friends and Artists Theatre & Metropolitan Stage, NYC) Buddha Belly and Incunabula, performed for radio by LA Theatre Works, available on Audible. Other plays produced at Sacred Fools, Interact, EST, The Ape Theatre and Rogue Machine (LA), Portland Women’s Theatre and Women’s Theatre Project, Ft. Lauderdale. She is a winner of the Mach33 Science in Theatre prize at Caltech and the Santa Barbara Playwriting Prize 2019. Her plays have been selected or finaled at The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, the Sundance Theatre Lab, Ebell, Susan Glaspell Prize, Route 66 (Chicago), Centenary Stages (New Jersey) and the Lila Acheson Wallace fellowship. Nicholas is the winner of the Santa Barbara Screenwriting Competition, Oregon Screenwriting and Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competitions, and is the recipient of Walden and Tano Media Writing Fellowships. Stage producing credits include Tom Jacobson’s Captain of the Bible Quiz Team for Rogue Machine Theatre as part of its award-winning 2016 season and her own Villa Thrilla. She has taught writing at the University of Oregon and has worked with the Ojai Playwrights Conference as Managing Director and dramaturg. She is a core writing and acting member of EST/LA as well as company member of Rogue Machine, Circle X, The Victory, Sacred Fools and The Ape Theatre companies. She blogs for the LA Female Playwright’s Initiative and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Alliance of LA Playwrights, RWA Published Authors Network, SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She holds a BA from Mills College, a Master of Laws from Pepperdine University and a DGI Certificate from the Dramatists Guild. She teaches and coaches other writers and is a board member of The Odyssey Theatre. More at