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MINTON'S PLACE, a new musical in development - original story, music and lyrics composed by Nolan Williams, book by Nikkole Salter, directed by Robert Barry Fleming  - was presented during the Cleveland Playhouse's New Ground Theatre Festival, Saturday, May 19, 2018

Director Robert Barry Fleming and Composer, Lyricist Nolan Williams promote the development of MINTON'S PLACE (book by Nikkole Salter)

Check out Nikkole in the new Golden Corral Sizzlin' Fajitas campaign.

Nikkole Salter and Preston Butler, III interviewed on Cleveland's WKYC program "Lakeside Today' about their performances in THE ROYALE at Cleveland Playhouse.

TORN ASUNDER reviewed on St. Louis Public Television program "Two on the Aisle"

Lines in the Dust at the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ

WTOP Interviews Macbeth Director and Cast - Jason Fraley
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Photo by: Tony Powell

Prosecast – Macbeth - The Shakespeare Theatre
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Check out the second season of "Theatre Close-UP," featuring the Crossroads Theatre Company's production of Nikkole Salter's new play REPAIRING A NATION!  Full airing and streaming is scheduled to begin February 18, 2016.

This program is viewable only to streaming in the NY/NJ/CT area.

LINES IN THE DUST EXTENDED!

The Jersey City School Board and Jersey City City Council help the JCTC production of LINES IN THE DUST extend for one encore performance on Wednesday, Nov. 20th at NJCU's West Side Theatre!  Stay tuned!

Nikkole on Godfather of Harlem

The premiere of Godfather of Harlem is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2019 on Epix.  Nikkole stars as the recurring Flossie in the first episode (don't blink!)!  Then watch Flossie's murder scene (that scene should be at least a minute) by the Italian mob on Episode 9 on Nov. 24th on Epix at 10pm!  

Nikkole on Broadway

Nikkole makes her Broadway debut in RCI Theatrical's production of Robert Schenkkan's play about President LBJ's pursuit for the THE GREAT SOCIETY, directed by Bill Rauch and showing at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.  Nikkole plays 'Coretta Scott King,' wife to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fictionalized character 'Sally Childress,' loosely based on the life of the first African American secretary to serve a sitting President, Geraldine Whittington.  Previews begin September 6, 2019.  The show runs through November 30, 2019.

Nikkole featured on Hollywood Soapbox

In an interview by John Soltes of Hollywood Soapbox about her roles in THE GREAT SOCIETY, Nikkole asserts, "“As I’ve evolved as an artist and as a storyteller and evolved in my understanding of this power, I find that I’m not just on target in the realm of my purpose, but I’m getting closer and closer to the bullseye,” she said.”

Nikkole featured on Forbes.com

Forbes Women contributor Jeryl Brunner features Nikkole Salter and other female members of the cast of The Great Society in the article 'The Women Who Helped Shape LBJ's Administration'.  “Coretta Scott King says ‘Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in very generation,’” observes Salter. “I hope people see our show and get a sense of the contingency of our collective future and decide to do the work that is necessary to preserve and manifest the values outlined in the American creed.”

BABY STEPS @ the Big Apple Film Festival

BABY STEPS is featured in the fall 2019 Big Apple Film Festival, premiering Wed., Nov. 20th at 6pm @ Cinepolis Theater, Theatre 8 (260 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011).  Get tickets here.

A Solid Thumbs Up for Lines in the Dust at JCTC

In his review of the Jersey City Theater Center's production of LINES OF THE DUST, Jim Testa of NJArts declares, "The play provides a voice to all sides...[Tasha] Williams and [Kerry] Mantle do a magnificent job of capturing the nuances of their characters... “Lines in the Dust” makes for gritty, gripping theater, shining a light — and hopefully, opening a dialogue — on the institutional inequities of our public education system."

Nikkole featured in the Jersey Journal

Playwright Nikkole Salter and director Cheryl Katz are interviewed by David Menzies for the Jersey Journal about the production of Lines in the Dust at the Jersey City Theatre Center's Merseles Studio, starting Friday, Oct. 18, and at the West Side Threatre beginning Nov. 7, 2019.  Menzies says, "Of working with Salter, Katz, who is co-director of The New Jersey Play Lab, said: “On an artistic level, Nikkole writes wonderfully rich, flawed characters. She places these people in really messy situations and challenges them to come out with their moral compass and dignity intact. This makes for great nuanced drama which is really satisfying to explore and to stage.""

Nikkole featured in the upcoming BABY STEPS

Nikkole is featured in the upcoming independent release, BABY STEPS, a hilarious episodic series about an advertising executive turned stay-at-home-mom tries to reconcile her feminism, while scraping banana off the floor. Created and written by Dava Krause and directed by Fia Perera.  Check out the trailer here.

LINES IN THE DUST at the Jersey City Theater Center

The Jersey City Theater Center produces LINES IN THE DUST by Nikkole Salter, directed by NJ Play Lab co-director  Cheryl Katz and starring Kerry Vivian Mantle, Chazz, Tasha Arroyo.  Performances run October 18 - November 3, 2019. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Crossroads Theatre announces FREEDOM RIDER

The Crossroads Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of a new American play FREEDOM RIDER written by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson, Ricardo Khan and Nikkole Salter; conceived and directed by Ricardo Khan.  The play dramatizes historic journey of the Freedom Riders, following  the journeys of four Riders, each from a different university, city and background.

Reviews are in for the World Premiere of Dominique Morisseau's MUD ROW

Cameron Kelsall of the Philadelphia Inquirer declares, "Half a century later, businesswoman Regine (the remarkable Nikkole Salter) stands as a testament to everything Elsie, her grandmother, sought for herself...Under Steve H. Broadnax III’s immaculate direction, the production similarly has a lot to say.  Salter and [Renika] Williams utterly convince in their strained sisterly bond..."

Rebecca Rendell of Talkin' Broadway asserts, "The entire cast is magnificent, with especially memorable performances by [Tiffany Rachelle] Stewart and [Nikkole] Salter...Morisseau's writing is rich and authentic. Tense, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring, Mud Row pulses with the the love Morisseau feels for her characters and the real life people who inspire them."

David Fox of Reclining Standards calls Nikkole's performance of Regine, "a particular standout in the superb cast."

Ellen Wilson Dilks of Delco Culture Vultures muses, "Nikkole Salter turns in a nicely calibrated performance, and also gives us glimpses of the vulnerability underneath it all.   Both ladies [Salter and Williams] handle the humor well too.  [Bjorn DuPaty's] interactions with Salter's Regine totally ring true - you believe they are a couple."

Dennis Bloh of Philly Life and Culture says, "The production is strong on all levels.  It is the level of quality that has established People’s Light and Theatre as one of the area’s finest professional theaters."

Nikkole performs for Iconic Women

Nikkole performs for Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gloria Steinem and Diane Von Furstenberg in the show GLORIA: A Life during Women's History Month.

CPT announces new Salter work in their 2019-2020 season!

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Nikkole Salter's new play - BREAKOUT SESSION (or FROGORSE), commissioned by CPT via the National New Play Network, will receive its world premiere as a part of their 2019-20 season, directed by Beth Wood!

TORN wins at the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards

The St. Louis Black Rep's world premiere production of TORN ASUNDER received 3 nominations from the 2019 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards - including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (Brandi Threatt) and Outstanding Actress in a Drama (LaShunda Gardner) - and WON for Outstanding New Play!  Congratulations team!!

UNTAMED at the Black Spectrum

To celebrate Women's History Month the Black Spectrum Theatre presents UNTAMED - a presentation of 10 minute plays spotlighting Black womanhood and social perceptions of Black femininity.  Nikkole's PEACE OFFICER PRIVILEGE is a part of the collection.


Friday, March 15th - Saturday, March 16th @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17th @ 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20th @ 1 p.m.
Friday, March 22nd - Saturday, March 23rd @ 8 p.m.

Tickets
$25
VIP Reception

Nikkole snags a recurring role on new series 'Godfather of Harlem'

Nikkole is set to play the part of 'Flossie' on Season 1  of the new Epix series Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker, written by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein and directed, in part, by John Ridley and Earnest Dickerson.  Airing begins fall 2019.

Breakout Session (aka Frogorse) goes to San Francisco

Director Beth Wood and playwright Nikkole Salter travel to San Francisco to be a part of the Playwrights Foundation's Rough Reading Series.   Showings March 11th and 12th.

LINES at Geva Theatre Center

LINES IN THE DUST is one of three plays selected to be a part of Geva Theatre Center's Hornets' Nest nationally acclaimed play reading series, designed to investigate the most challenging and controversial ethical dilemmas of our time.  The reading will be presented March 25th at 7pm in Rochester.

TORN ASUNDER makes the Top 10 Best of St. Louis Theatre 2018

The St. Louis Black Rep's World Premiere production of TORN ASUNDER - directed by Ron Himes - rates #5 on the best of St. Louis theatre in 2018.  Congratulations team!

The Royale gets Best Drama Award!

The Cleveland Playhouse New Works Festival's production of THE ROYALE received the Best Drama Award from the Cleveland Jewish News.  Bravo!

Nikkole stars in James J. Christy film

Nikkole plays 'REGINA' in James J. Christy's dramatic film Love and Communication about the challenges of raising autistic children.

Nikkole Published in Smith and Kraus' new release 'When the Promise Was Broken'

Nikkole's short play Birthday Wishes is published as a part of Joan Herrington's collection of works inspired by the  music of Bruce Springsteen.

The reviews are in for THE ROYALE!

Bob Abelman, Cleveland Jewish News, "Add dignity and resolve to this list of qualities regarding Salter’s fine performance as Jay’s sister Nina, who is saddled with reminding him of the personal consequences of a fight that Jim Crow America is not yet ready for.

Gwendolyn Kochur,  The Reserve, "[Salter as Nina is]...a force to be reckoned with — well characterizing the strength required of African American women during this time."

Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer     "[Salter as Nina is] imperious and beautiful..."

Christine Howey, The Cleveland Scene, "And Nikkole Salter in the role of Nina adds a quiet tone of despair and approaching doom to the proceedings."

Laura Kennelly, Cool Cleveland, " Nikkole Salter as his sister Nina evoked the thoughtful presence of women who always try to hold things together"

Reviewers Praise TORN at St. Louis Black Rep

Judith Newmark of the St. Louis Post calls TORN "moving," and "absorbing," and proclaims, "...if you have a family, [TORN ASUNDER is] easy to relate to."  

Mark Bretz of the Ladue News declares, "Torn Asunder is a remarkable piece of theater, elevated to epic status by Salter’s marvelous prose and a cadre of searing, unforgettable performances by Himes’ accomplished players...RATING: A 5 on a scale of 1-to-5.”

Tina Farmer of KDHX proclaims TORN is "powerful," and muses, "The Black Rep gives audiences much to consider and reflect upon with a sharply directed world premiere production of “Torn Asunder.” The deeply moving tragedy, drawn from our nation’s history, shows us some unpleasant realities about the slave trade. Stirring, honest and emotionally connected performances ensure the audience cares what happens, and the play’s conclusion is at once sweetly satisfying and devastatingly painful."

Kenya Vaughn of the St. Louis American asserts TORN is "emotional," and, that, "there is an ache that lingers long after the final scene.."

St. Louis critics Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky of "Two on the Aisle," say about TORN, "The writing is very strong in Salter's script...[the play] deserves wide attention."

St. Louis Limelight calls 'TORN "gut-wrenching"

WORLD PREMIERE of TORN ASUNDER

American Theatre Magazine interviews playwright Nikkole Salter for the World Premiere of TORN ASUNDER at the St. Louis Black Rep., directed by Ron Himes.

“Most people consider family to be the stabilizing institution of their lives,” Salter said. “That’s why when someone comes from a ‘broken family,’ we all tilt our head[s] to the side and go, ‘Oh, what an uphill battle you must have,’ because [family's] such an important source of love and stability in a person’s life and [vital to] their capacity to be able to achieve their destiny. So when you think about how our families were intentionally broken and how we tried to recover, you have a greater appreciation for that family unit.”

Echo Magazine features LINES in Phoenix

"According to Pamela Fields, the production’s director, it is Salter’s prowess as a storyteller that makes her writing so powerful, quoting the excerpt, “In my opinion education is the most important part of the American Dream … one thing that equalizes opportunity,” as an example."

Nikkole's KEEPERS published in 2nd 48 Hours in... Harlem Anthology

Harlem 9 has published it's second volume of 10-minute plays from it's Obie Award winning series "48 Hours in...Harlem," and Nikkole Salter's play KEEPERS is included in the publication.  The Drama Bookshop is hosting a reading and discussion in honor of the publication Feb. 5, 2018 at 5pm.

Praise for LINES IN THE DUST in Tennessee

LINES IN THE DUST runs at the Tennessee Women's Theater Project in Nashville Oct. 6th-22nd!  Click here for tickets.  Amy Stumpfl of the Tennessean says the production is, "a compelling piece," that, "it certainly shines a light on important issues that deserve our attention."  Sean Siple on his Tennessee Core Values Tour Blog declares, "Lines in the Dust is compelling, relatable and delivered in a way that won’t let the watcher turn away. This really is a production no one wants to miss...  This play will change how you see the world. There is no more powerful praise for a presentation of ideas and passions. Get yourself in the theater sometime during their final week so you too can be changed."

Reviews for THE CHRISTIANS are in!

 The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith declares, "As the preacher’s wife, Elizabeth, who can match her husband for strength of will and depth of feeling, Nikkole Salter does eloquent work. Her intimate scenes with Overshown reach lyrical heights."

Backstage Baltimore's,  Jason Crawford Samios-Uy muses, Nikkole, "has an air of elegance and dignity that is required for this role. She fits perfectly with this character and gives a poignant, truthful performance. Salter works especially well with and has great chemistry with her counter-part, Howard W. Overshow, who takes on the complex role of Pastor Paul..."

Theatre Bloom's Amanda N. Gunther notes, "Nikkole Salter, playing Pastor Paul’s wife Elizabeth, is a true treat to watch upon the stage...it’s the silent responsive reactions she gives to everything that’s happening around her that makes her remarkable as a performer... And when Salter’s character does find the power of speech, it is deeply gripping and emotionally blindsiding..."

DC Metro Theater Arts' Gina Jun says Nikkole is "steadfast and dynamic as Pastor Paul’s wife, Elizabeth," and that she "fabulously depicted" the role.

DC Theatre Scene's Jayne Blanchard calls Nikkole, "regal" and "royally rankled" 

Nikkole is interviewed by the NEA's Arts Blog

Writer Paulette Beete interviews Nikkole Salter for the National Endowment of the Arts Works Blog.  Click the picture to the left to check it out.  "The arts matter because they are a piece of technology for the growth of humanity. They are what makes us human. We’re going to evolve regardless, but they allow us to consciously evolve, to choose the direction of our evolution, and I think that that's important." -- Nikkole Salter

Nikkole featured in The Dramatist

Nikkole is featured in the July/Aug 2017 "Relevance" issue of The Dramatist.  Click here to check it out! 

Howard University Gives Nikkole Distinguished Alumni Award

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Howard University, Division of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre Arts awarded Nikkole with the James Butcher Outstanding Alumni Award.

Reveiws are in for Macbeth!

DC Metro Theatre Arts
By Sophia Howes

May 9, 2017

"Nikkole Salter is a superb Lady Macbeth, full of energy, pride, and deep sensuality. One of the best moments of the production comes when she withdraws from Macbeth’s growing cruelty."

TheatreMania

By Barbara Mackay

May 3, 2017

"Nikkole Salter is very good as Lady Macbeth...Salter does not play Lady Macbeth as inherently evil or passionate...She is proud and fierce through most of the play, but a broken soul when she realizes what she and her husband have done."

Washington Post

By Nelson Pressley

May 2, 2017
"[Salter's performance is] elusive, not frighteningly ruthless or erotically charged... Salter's [performance presents a] human-scaled Lady Macbeth.."

MD Theatre Guide

By Maria Materise

May 4, 2017

"Salter also shined in her role.  She gave a softness and vulnerability to Lady Macbeth when it would be easy to villainize her.  In this way, Salter showed the character's layers and allowed the audience to empathize with her."

Metro Weekly

by Kate Wingfield

May 11, 2017

“…[Salter] has a great command of the language — so great, in fact, one forgets she is speaking words written more than 400 years ago. Salter, like Allen, makes one wish this was required viewing for metro-region schools: Shakespeare delivered this effectively can create audiences for life. She is such an exciting presence, her hastily explained death, unfortunately not represented onstage, feels too abrupt.”

Shakespearances

By Eric Minton

May 3, 2017

"Lady Macbeth is a potent force in Salter's portrayal. She speaks the verse with soul-shuddering poetic power while exploring all the shades of Lady Macbeth's personality..."

DC Metro Theatre Arts
By Julia Hurley

May 2, 2017

"[Jesse J. Perez as Macbeth] and Lady Macbeth (Nikkole Salter) make for a formidable couple whose unraveling is riveting to watch."

DMV202Arts
By Malcolm Lewis Barnes

May 4, 2017

"Nikkole Salter absolutely slays the role of the mad and demented Lady Macbeth."

World Socialist Web Site

By Nick Barrickman 

May 16, 2017

Salter is convincing as the intense, regal Lady Macbeth, driven mad by the knowledge of the crimes she has committed.

The Washington Free Beacon

By Kate Harvard

May 21, 2017

"Nikkole Salter is a gentler and subtler Lady Macbeth than the usual henpecking scolds and femmes fatales...She doesn’t come off as particularly ambitious, but rather as restless, overeducated, and depressed.  This Lady Macbeth's motivation is clear: the loss of her child...the decision to place children at the center of Macbeth is the smartest part of this production."

The Weekly Standard

By Erin Mundhal

May 6, 2017

"Shakespeare Theatre consistently produces productions with a strong, yet subtle performances, and a deep attention to detail. Macbeth is no exception. As played by Jessie J. Perez and Nikkole Salter, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not only ambitious, they desire in profoundly carnal way. In just a few brief scenes, the pair establishes that this couple lusts not just for power, but for each other. When Lady Macbeth appears sleepwalking, wearing only her own guilt, the imagery is striking."

Washington City Paper

Chris Klimek

May 12, 2017

"Nikkole Salter... is a good Lady M..."

PlayShakespeare.com

Yuko Kurahashi

May 18, 2017

"Nikkole Salter’s Lady Macbeth dramatically displays a variety of emotions including greed, ambition, and sorrow."

Jason Fraley of WTOP interviews Nikkole Salter, Liesl Tommy and Jesse J. Perez

“We spend a lot of time, particularly in this town, looking at people who we think are tyrants, but we never look at how they become that way,” lead actress Nikkole Salter told WTOP. "  Listen to the full interview on the left - or read by clicking here.

INDIAN HEAD opens at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ in February!

The world premiere of INDIAN HEAD opens at Luna Stage February 5th.  Directed by Kareem Fahmy.

LINES IN THE DUST opens at The Black Rep Jan 11th in St. Louis!

The second show of the St. Louis Black Rep's 40th Anniversary season, Lines In the Dust talks about education, segregation, class and the hope for the future.  For tickets click here.

REPAIRING A NATION opens at the Karamu House in Cleveland!

REPAIRING A NATION goes to Cleveland February 9th at the Karamu House directed by the legendary Margaret Ford-Taylor!

Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira featured in The Dramatist 2016 Season in Review

Nikkole and Danai are featured in The Dramatist's 2016 Season in Review discussing their 2015-16 accomplishments and the evolution of their careers in the 10 years since their success with IN THE CONTINUUM.  Check out the article here.

REPAIRING on "Theatre Close-Up"

Crossroads Theatre Company's production of REPAIRING A NATION will be streamed online and broadcast on air 4 times over the next 3 years on the New York Public Media's WNET THIRTEEN, Long Island's WLIW and New Jersey's NJTV on the syndicated program Theater Close-Up beginning Thursday, February 18 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN, with an encore presentation on Friday, February 19 at 2 a.m. The play will also air on WLIW21 Sunday, February 21 at 9 p.m. with an encore Thursday, February 25 at 1 a.m.  Crossroads Theatre Co. will host a launch event Feb. 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, NJ.  Theater Close-Up is a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and that large community of non-profit Off-Broadway theaters, hosted by acclaimed actress Blythe Danner.

Critics Praise Nikkole as 'Cookie' in HEAD OF PASSES @ Berkeley Rep

San Francisco Chronicle

By Robert Hurwitt

Saturday, April 18, 2015
"Nikkole Salter stops the show as their junkie half-sister Cookie, in a wrenching reconciliation-cum-showdown with Shelah."

 

San Jose Mercury News

By Karen D'Souza

04/20/2015 09:30:00 AM PD

"It's only when Cookie (a captivating Nikkole Salter) stops by, drenched by the water that's pouring through the parlor, that Shelah's spirit stirs."

 

San Francisco Examiner
By Georgia Rowe

04/21/2015 

"Nikkole Salter’s Cookie burns with wounded intensity."

 

Culture Vulture
By Emily S. Mendel

04/05/2015 

"And Shelah’s daughter, Cookie (impressive Nikkole Salter) has her own sad needs to address."

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