Nora Kirkpatrick grew up in rural Iowa. She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television in 2007. Upon graduation, Nora 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, Nora honed her writing skills. Upon leaving the band in 2014 she 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 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 soon-to-be released TV series The Coop, in association with Funny Or Die.
The acclaimed short film Nora wrote and directed, Long Time Listener, First Time Caller, is a tragicomic portrait of a woman in search of answers to life’s existential questions and recently garnered Nora "Best Female Director" at the Prague International Film Festival. Nora’s commercial career debuted with a BudLight Seltzer campaign with Wieden + Kennedy NY. Since then, she’s directed commercials for brands including Nestle and Duracell.
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