Nora Kirkpatrick grew up in rural Iowa. After graduating from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television, she did what her parents told her not to do, and joined a band. The band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, went on to have a platinum-selling record and win a GRAMMY for best long-form video.
With the band, Nora toured the world playing at festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and SXSW. While on tour, she honed her writing skills. Upon leaving the band in 2014, Nora hit the ground running, selling several TV shows and embarking on her career as an actor, writer, and director.
As an actor, Nora has played many roles in film and television, including Esther, Dwight’s girlfriend, in the U.S. version of “The Office.”
Collaborations with Will Ferrell, Olivia Wilde, and SNL alum, Mike O’Brien, spawned several comedic series that Nora has written and/or directed, including “Assisted Living” (CBS), “Virtually Mike and Nora” (HULU), “Best Seller” (Comedy Central), and the TV series “The Coop,” in association with Funny Or Die.
“Long Time Listener, First Time Caller,” the acclaimed short film written and directed by Nora, is a tragicomic portrait of a woman in search of answers to life’s existential questions. The film garnered "Best Female Director" at the Prague International Film Festival. Recently, Nora recently wrapped production on her debut feature, “A Tree Fell In the Woods,” which she both wrote and directed.
Her commercial career debuted with a Bud Light Seltzer campaign created by Wieden + Kennedy/New York, giving her the distinction of being the first woman to direct for the brand. Other notable credits include films for brands such as Nestlé, Duracell, and Uber One.
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