The supernatural thriller feature Revelator, where I play the spooky role of the late Jacob Bellevue, is now streaming free for Amazon Prime Members and can be rented or purchased on Vudu, Vimeo, Steam, and XBox.
My short film The Dinner Scene has begun its film festival journey with a splash – premiering at the Alameda International Film Festival then winning Best Romantic Comedy at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival! Its next confirmed screening is at the Borrego Springs Film Festival in January.
The award-winning audio drama podcast Earbud Theater, for which I am a contributing writer/director/performer, has launched its first-ever multi-part story, the 5-episode After the Haunting; in which I play the key supporting role of Professor Watkins. Subscribe to hear them all!.
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 in summer 2017.
In 2015 began writing and directing his own short films with 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 with The Retriever, which premiered at the Gallup Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Comedy Short and Best Male Performance in a Short, and continued to festivals including Boomtown Film and Music, Cinema at the Edge, the North Hollywood Cinefest (Nominee – Best Actor in a Short), Phoenix, and Durango Independent, which featured it in their traveling “Best of the Fest” program. His third short, The Dinner Scene, is currently active on the festival circuit, having premiered November 2017 at the Alameda International Film Festival; and his fourth, 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, 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.