I recently shot a role in an excellent sci-fi short film and have a role in an independent drama feature booked for January. To celebrate, I updated my on-camera acting reel with some of the great footage I’ve acquired in the last year or so. Go to my Acting page to see all the latest!
My short film The Dinner Scene just won the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Short Film at the Borrego Springs Film Festival! Add this to its win for Best Romantic Comedy at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival and it’s off to quite a run. Our next stop is the Iron Mule Short Comedy Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn. Click the poster to learn more about where it’s showing!
I’ve launched my new podcast, Festlife – a weekly roundup of news, tips, and interviews focusing on the film festival world. Now available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, YouTube, Soundcloud, and other leading platforms!
Nicholas Thurkettle is a writer, actor, and filmmaker, with the continuing goal of bringing good work to audiences anywhere he can find them.
Thurkettle graduated from 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. At BU he served as chapter president of honorary theatrical fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. He first developed his writing skills through hundreds of arts/entertainment features for school newspaper The Bradley Scout and city paper The Peoria Journal Star. His one-act play Between 3 and 4 won awards from BU’s Creative Expo and the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. KC/ACTF also twice awarded Thurkettle prizes for theatrical criticism, which earned him a fellowship from the National Critics Institute to attend the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Connecticut.
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, 29 Palms, Devil’s Pond, and Burial Society. After independent producer Room 9 Entertainment (Thank You For Smoking) purchased his comedy screenplay Queen Lara, he transitioned into his creative pursuits full-time. Since then he has optioned screenplays to producers, developed them in collaboration with filmmakers, and was hired to write the Crunchyroll anime pilot Children of Ether, which premiered on over 300 movie screens as part of Anime Movie Night.
He began writing and directing his own short films with Samantha Gets Back Out There, which premiered at the Laughlin International Film Festival. His shorts have played at festivals around the country including Phoneix, Durango (featured – “Best of the Fest” program), Austin Comedy Shorts (WINNER – Best Romantic Comedy), Boomtown Film and Music, Bare Bones Film and Music, IndieFEST USA Film and Music (Honorable Mention), Cinema at the Edge, North Hollywood Cinefest (Nominee – Best Actor in a Short), Alameda International, and Gallup. His short The Dinner Scene is currently active on the festival circuit; and his follow-up, R&R, is now in post-production with an eye to start festival screenings in summer 2018.
He has three published books – the short story collection Stages of Sleep and the sci-fi thrillers Seeing by Moonlight and A Sickness in Time (co-written with MF Thomas). His stage plays have been produced on regional stages in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maryland; and throughout California, including at the OC-Centric New Play Festival and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
As an actor, he moves between stage, film, and voice-over work. Favorite stage roles include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Valentine in Arcadia, and Renfield in Dracula. From 2012 to 2016 he performed with the heralded outdoor festival Shakespeare Orange County, and in 2014 was named an Artistic Associate with the company, serving as Casting Director for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He has appeared in multiple independent feature films such as the cult microbudget horror film Revelator, and in 2016 was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature at the Love International Film Festival for his role in Reclaiming Friendship Park.
His voice work includes video games, commercials, audiobooks, foreign film dubbing, and the award-winning sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology audio drama podcast Earbud Theater, for which he is also a writer/producer/director as well as producer/head writer of their live stage spin-off. In 2015 he received an Audio Verse Award for Best Actor in an Original, Long-form, Standalone Production for his role as “Cthulhu, Jr.” in the Earbud episode This Monstrous Life. He is also the principal narrator for the Brick Moon Fiction Podcast, showcasing new short stories from up-and-coming sci-fi and horror authors.
Thurkettle has guest lectured on storytelling and screenwriting for 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 Film Festival, Creative Screenwriting Expo, and the Willamette Writers Conference, and judged for both UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Competition and the Nicholl Fellowship. He is an Associate Programmer – Short Films for the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival.
He is a regular volunteer for the Second Harvest Food Bank and Laura’s House, and captained a team for the Orange County Out of the Darkness Walk raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance.