The award-winning indie romantic comedy feature Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine, where I play the role of Greenly, is coming to streaming and DVD on July 18th! Pre-order through Amazon or add to your Netflix DVD queue!
My short film “The Retriever” has completed its festival run and is now available to stream on Vimeo!
My short play “Cheek” will play in a trio of comedies at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival starting June 4th!
Nicholas Thurkettle is a writer, actor, and filmmaker, working independently in Los Angeles and Orange County 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. 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. He honed those skills writing hundreds of arts/entertainment features for school newspaper The Bradley Scout and city paper The Peoria Journal Star. He earned a fellowship from the National Critics Institute to attend the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
He started his film career as a script reader and then story executive for film 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. When independent financier/producer Room 9 Entertainment (Thank You For Smoking) purchased his comedy screenplay Queen Lara, it led to the end of his executive career as he focused on his creative ambitions 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, set to premiere in 2017.
He has three published books – the short story collection Stages of Sleep and the science fiction thrillers Seeing by Moonlight and A Sickness in Time (co-written with MF Thomas). His stage plays have been produced throughout California and on regional stages in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maryland. He is the organizer and host for the Long Beach chapter of DimeStories, an open mic event devoted to 3-minute prose stories, fiction or non-fiction; and also co-produces and co-hosts the DimeStories Podcast, which features recorded stories from DimeStories events throughout the U.S.
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 as well as shorts and web series, 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.
In 2015 he was the art director, editor, writer, producer, and director of his first short film Samantha Gets Back Out There. It premiered at the Laughlin International Film Festival, and won an “Honorable Mention” as well as being named a Finalist in the Comedy category at the IndieFest USA Film and Music Festival. He followed that up in 2016 with The Retriever. It premiered at the Gallup Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Comedy Short and Best Male Performance in a Short; and continued on to festivals including the Boomtown Film and Music Festival, Cinema at the Edge, the North Hollywood Cinefest (Nominee – Best Actor in a Short), the Phoenix Film Festival, and the Durango Independent Film Festival, which featured it in their traveling “Best of the Fest” program. He is currently in the midst of making his third short film, The Dinner Scene, which he hopes to take out to festivals starting in autumn 2017. He will serve as an Associate Programmer – Short Films for the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival.
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.