Nikkole Salter

Plays written by Nikkole Salter


Hailed by Variety as “thoroughly convincing”, Los Angeles-born, OBIE Award-winning actress and writer Nikkole Salter arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). For its Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages and the Perry Street Theatre and for its US State Department and Bloomberg sponsored international tour, Ms. Salter received an OBIE Award (2006), and the NY Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for Best New American Play (2006), the Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations to name a few. Ms. Salter also received Helen Hayes and Black Theatre Alliance nominations for Best Actress for her performance. ITC, published by Samuel French, was pronounced – by New York Times, Newsday and New York Magazine – as one of the best plays of 2005 and was featured in numerous esteemed media outlets including Essence Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Leonard Lopate Show. ITC has received over 20 productions across the country to date.

As an actress, Ms. Salter can be seen in Gavin O’Connors feature film “Pride & Glory” starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight, and heard as the voice of ‘LATICIA’ in Rockstar Games’ video game release, Midnight Club: Los Angeles. Ms. Salter has received an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in STICK FLY co-produced by Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and theHuntington Theatre (Boston), directed by Kenny Leon, and was most recently seen starring as Imani, et al. in Ami Brabson and Andre Braugher’s NYC premiere production of Oni Faida Lampley’s play TOUGH TITTY (directed by Awoye Timpo).

As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has written 6 full-length plays, been commissioned for full-length work by 6 institutions, been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and been published in 12 international publications. In the 2014-15 Season of Salter, she negotiated 4 premiere productions of 4 of her works: LINES IN THE DUST received its world premeire at Luna Stage, in West Orange, NJ, CARNAVAL received its NYC premiere at Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre in Harlem, REPAIRING A NATION received its world premiere at Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, NJ, and the co-authored FREEDOM RIDERS received its world premiere at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a two time Playwright’s of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee, is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth, the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, and was selected to write the screen adaptation of Claude Brown’s famous novel, Manchild in the Promised Land.

Amid an emerging acting/writing career, Ms. Salter’s deep sense of social responsibility led her to found and serve as Executive Director of THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates innovative artistic programming for community empowerment and enrichment. Their first bi-annual endeavor, The Legacy Program: Residency – an arts education, youth development initiative – launched in 2009 at the William Alexander Middle School in Brooklyn, NY. The Continuum Project, Inc. received the 2010 and 2011 Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Award (Local Arts), a grant funded by the New York Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, in support of the LP: Residency. Ms. Salter as the Exec. Dir. of the CP and conceiver of the Legacy Program was featured on WBAI 99.5 FM’s “Talkback with Hugh Hamilton” in NYC and was seen nationally on April 29, 2012 on the PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. After forging a new partnership with Howard University Dept. of Theatre Arts, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts the Legacy Program: Residency and Reflection was hosted in Washington, DC in spring 2013 with support by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The Continuum Project, Inc. is currently in residence at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Salter is an active member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in theatre from Howard University and her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program under the tutelage of Zelda Fichandler and Ron Van Lieu.