REVIEWS ARE IN FOR 'LADY DAY'
Malcolm Lewis Barns of DC Theatre Scene declares, "The other reason to see Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is the presence of Nikkole Salter, who is making her directorial debut." Herb Merrick of MD Theatre Guide exclaims, "Director Nikkole Salter allowed the audience to experience Billie Holiday’s warmth, humor, anger, sadness, and determination" Chuck Duncan of Hotchka calls LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Baltimore Center Stage "Amazing," and "one of the must-see shows of the season." He goes on to say, "Staged by director Nikkole Salter in Center Stage’s Head Theatre, you are immediately transported...back to that moment in 1959," and, "You will be left singing the blues if you don’t catch Tanea Renee as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Baltimore Center Stage."
Check out Nolan Williams, Jr., Robert Berry Fleming, Nikkole Salter and the cast of GRACE on WETA Arts!
Nikkole Salter speaks at the 2020 TCG Virtual Conference
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)
TORN ASUNDER reviewed on St. Louis Public Television program "Two on the Aisle"
Nikkole Salter and Preston Butler, III interviewed on Cleveland's WKYC program "Lakeside Today' about their performances in THE ROYALE at Cleveland Playhouse.
WTOP Interviews Macbeth Director and Cast - Jason Fraley00:00
Prosecast – Macbeth - The Shakespeare Theatre
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.
NIKKOLE moderates a State of the Black Dramatic Narrative Panel
Nikkole Salter is scheduled to moderate a panel for the 2023 International Black Writers Festival, WHY WE GATHER, sponsored by the Moorland Spingarn Research Center & the Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University. "The State of the Black Dramatic Narrative Union: Conversations on Contemporary Embodied Storytelling and the Dramatists' Practice" panelist lineup includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kamilah Forbes, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Aurin Squire, Chisa Hutchinson and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Admission is free and the Sept. 29th event is open to the public. For more info: https://msrc.howard.edu/
LINES IN THE DUST is in LOS ANGELES!
Nikkole Salter's play, LINES IN THE DUST, produced by Collaborative Artists Bloc - and a part of Support Black Theatre's inaugural Collaborative Model - runs in Los Angeles Nov. 2 - December 10, 2023. The play, directed by Desean Terry, stars Emmy-nominated Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale, All American: Homecoming), Erica Tazel (Justified, The Good Fight), and Tony Pasqualini (Grace and Frankie, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
NIKKOLE SALTER set to star in CONFEDERATES
Nikkole Salter is scheduled to star as "SANDRA', in the regional premiere of Dominique Morisseau's CONFEDERATES playing at the Mosaic Theatre, directed by Stori Ayers. The show opens October 29 through November 19, 2023.
NIKKOLE stars in IMPACTFUL FILM about special needs families
Nikkole Salter plays the role of 'Regina' in James Christy's film, LOVE AND COMMUNICATION, about a family struggling to find resources for their special needs child. The film is scheduled to receive a screening at the Princeton Gardens April 25, 2023 at 7pm! Click here for tickets.
NIKKOLE SALTER scheduled to make her Directing Debut @ Baltimore Center Stage!
Nikkole opens the 23/24 season of Baltimore Stage making her directing debut with the production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, scheduled to open Sept. 14, 2023 and running until October. 8, 2023. Starring Tanea Renee and Terry Brewer. Musical direction by Nolan Williams, Jr. Tickets onsite now!
IN THE CONTINUUM in Atlanta!
Check out IN THE CONTINUUM by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, GA June 2 - 18, 2023 directed by Valeka Jessica.
ADDED SHOW DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!
With nightly standing ovations, and a sold-out run, the Luna Stage production of TORN ASUNDER, directed by Lisa Strum, and assisted directed by Antu Yacob, adds a show to satiate the groundswell of demand. Don't miss it!!
REVIEWS ARE IN FOR TORN ASUNDER!
NJ Arts Maven Ruth Ross proclaims, "Do not miss TORN ASUNDER." She goes on to praise the play and production, "Salter’s dialogue, as ever, is crisp and convincing without being bombastic and preachy... Drama has always been a subversive art. That Torn Asunder, set in 1859–1870, can connect us to more recent forced familial separations, is a credit to Nikkole Salter, the director and talented actors, and Luna Stage production team."
Patrick Maley of NJ.com adds, "Torn Asunder” tells a tragic and important story."
NJArtsNet's Jay Lustig raves, “Lisa Strum directs, with rustic sets (by Christopher and Justin Swader) and simple, earth-toned costumes (by Deborah Caney) that create a believable 19th century vibe. Recordings of classic folk and gospel songs — mournful at times, stirring at others — are sometimes heard, and add to the play’s emotional undercurrent. Not that that’s really necessary. The intensity of the acting (especially Green’s portrayal of Hannah) gives Salter’s heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story all the firepower it needs."
GRACE WINS 11 OF 12 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS!
GRACE wins 11 of 12 "people's choice," Broadway World Awards in the DMV region, including Best New Musical.
REVIEWS ARE IN FOR BREAKOUT SESSION AT CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE!
Vince Robinson calls Breakout Session a "Brilliant Interruption" and adds, "Playwright Nikkole Salter masterfully crafted a multi-layered look at how implicit bias and perception affect human behavior...was edgy in that it rang true with the discomfort of confronting racism head-on..."
LINES IN THE DUST IN LOS ANGELES!
Nikkole Salter and actor, director, producer DeSean K. Terry team up with Sophina Brown's Support Black Theatre to present LINES IN THE DUST to the West-coast market. The reading, in preparation for the 2023 late-spring production, features the work of Dawn-Lyen Gardner, (Queen Sugar) Candice Renée (Bruh), and Tony Pasqualini (Grace & Frankie) with stage directions by Elijah Reed. Of special note is the reunion of childhood friends and colleagues Terry, Renée and Salter who met and attended theatre school as children at Amazing Grace Conservatory.
Nikkole as Actress & Playwright at Shadowland Stages
Nikkole Salter stars along side Tim Busfield in Jim Glossman & Tom Hanks' new play about the power of love through time SAFE HOME at Shadowland Stages from July 15 - August 7th, directed by Jim Glossman. Also at Shadowland is In the Continuum co-written by Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira, directed by Howard alumnae Jammie Patton, Sept. 16 - Oct. 2nd.
Nikkole Salter returns to Howard University to serve as Professor & Chair
Howard University alumna Nikkole Salter has been named the new Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. The undergraduate program is a part of the newly re-minted Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts, helmed by Dean Phylicia Rashad.
Nikkole Salter stars in Kirsten Greenidge's new play! And reviews are in!
Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe says, "The play belongs to the women, and the performances are uniformly strong... Salter is a particular standout as Lavinia, still struggling with regret and bitterness at dropping out of college decades earlier to support her family."
Jacquinn Sinclair of WBUR says, "Nikkole Salter (Lavinia) of 'Godfather of Harlem' leads an incredible cast in the three-hour plus show..."
Reviews are in for FREEDOM RIDER!
Rick Harmon of the Montgomery Advertiser says, ""Freedom Rider,” which has just opened at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, is a shockingly powerful, poignant and inspiring look at the Black and white passengers who faced racism and danger to protest segregated bus terminals...we find ourselves caring more and more about these people who risked everything to change a system they knew was wrong...There is much to admire about the production...But the production’s true strengths are an excellent ensemble cast and powerful writing."
The Reviews are in for GRACE!
David Friscic of Broadway World says, "Grace is a soulful and heart-filled affirmation of a family hanging on to hope and love."
Gregory Ford of the DCMetro says "Grace, the new musical playing at Fords Theatre through May 14, is a great roller coaster ride of a show: an unstoppable, overwhelmingly entertaining force that is also a compassionate meditation on grief, gratitude, and culture."
Doug Rule of Metro Weekly declares GRACE an Editor's Pick saying, "Grace" celebrates the perseverance of family and the power of traditions."
Kelsey Casslebury of the Maryland Theatre Review says the show is, "...full of soul.."
Brenda C. Siler of the Washington Informer says, "From the opening harmonies in “Grace,” ... Blessings from everywhere rained down on the audience as we watched the tension increase between well-developed characters who delivered a storyline with some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time...As a musical theater nerd, I felt I’d been transported to heaven. "
Gail Choochan of The Free Lance Star calls GRACE a, "delectable delight," and, "a feel good story about family," that "hits the spot."
GRACE PREMIERES AT FORDS!
Grace, a new musical premieres at the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC March 18 - May 18, 2022. Book by Nolan Williams, Jr. and Nikkole Salter. Music and Lyrics by Nolan Williams, Jr. Directed and Choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming.
FREEDOM RIDER at Crossroads and Alabama Shakespeare Festival
FREEDOM RIDER, a piece conceived by Ricardo Khan and written by Nikkole Salter, Kathleen McGhee Anderson, Murray Horwitz, and Nathan Jackson, emerges from the onset of the 2020 pandemic and gets its world premiere in a co-production between the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Crossroads Theatre beginning April 8th!
TORN ASUNDER gets 2 READINGS!
TORN ASUNDER is being read LIVE at LUNA STAGE March 11th & 12th, directed by Lisa Rosetta Strum as a part of their Stages Festival. TORN ASUNDER is also receiving a LIVE VIRTUAL reading as a part of New Normal Rep's incubator, April 25, 2022, directed by Mary Hodges! Three chances to check it out! Don't miss it!
BAAAH/Arts Workers United Wins Hearts on Capitol Hill
On Jan. 19, 2021 The Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives, inspired by the advocacy team of #Be An Arts Hero/Arts Workers United (of which Nikkole Salter is a part along with Carson Elrod, Jennifer Grace Makholm, Whitney Christiansen, Gavin Lodge, Matthew-Lee Erlbach and Jeffery Omura), held a hearing on The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy.
Nikkole announced on Playbill
Nikkole Salter is announced as co-book writer on Grace a new musical about cultural preservation and the blessing to give and receive grace. GRACE opens at the Fords Thatre March 18 - May 18, 2022.
Nikkole stars in a radio drama selected for
Nikkole Salter stars in Andre Faud Degas' "Day by Day" - an audio drama that tracks the stories of six men of different ethnicities and sexual orientations battling drugs and alcohol.
Nikkole Joins cast of New Amsterdam
Nikkole Salter will now be recurring in season 3 of NBC's New Amsterdam as Isabel Sarasa, Chief Equity Officer of the hospital.
Reviews are in for Lines at the New Normal Rep
Aaron Krause of Theatrical Musings declares, "Salter has written a tight, focused piece," and New Normal Rep's production to be, "riveting, thought-provoking, relatable drama,", with "fluid, well-paced direction,"and "performances as credible as they are intense..."
HOW TO ACTUALLY GRADUATE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD Streams!
Nikkole Salter's new one-act play for young audiences, commissioned by First Stage, streams on YouTube until Dec. 1, 2021!
Nikkole joins Be An Arts Hero/Arts Workers United
Nikkole Salter joins the Be An Arts Hero/Arts Workers United Advocacy Team.
A Call for Revolutionary Theatre
The Black Theatre Commons invited Nikkole to contribute to their collection of conversations about the REVOLUTIONARY BLACK THEATRE of the current generation. Other featured contributors are Kamilah Forbes, Jamil Jude, Keith Josef Adkins, Claudia Alick, Awoye Timpo, Harold Steward, and Sade Lythcott among others.
Reviewer Maya Phillips of the NY Times in a piece published on Sept. 13th labels Theater for One's HERE WE ARE: Part 2 a "critics pick" as well, and says, "...it's the piece that gives the series its title, Nikkole Salter's "Here We Are," that comes out of left field to claim its spot as the showstopper." Directed by Tamilla Woodard and performed by Russell G. Jones. Photo Credit: Cherie Tay.
NY Times Offers Praise for Here We Are Vol. 1
Jesse Green of the NY Times calls Theatre For One's online presentation of HERE WE ARE: Part One a "heartbreaker." Of Lydia Diamond's "whiterly negotiations," performed by Nikkole and directed by Tiffany Nichole Green, Jesse Green declares that the micro play is, "clever," and "effective," particularly in the way it refuses to inform the viewer how to participate. He adds, "One thing you can't ever feel, because Salter looks right at you, is that you're a disinterested bystander." Hooray!
Nikkole joins T41's new piece HERE WE ARE
Theatre for One's HERE WE ARE uses micro-plays to respond to the current state of the world. Nikkole's play HERE WE ARE, performed by Russell Jones, is scheduled for performances starting August 20th. Nikkole is also performing Lydia Diamond's WHITERLY NEGOTIATIONS, and performances for that play start August 27th. Buy tickets here.
Western Arts Alliance publishes GROUNDING
Western Arts Alliance (WAA) - a membership association of touring and performing arts professionals engaged in promoting and presenting performing arts throughout the western states and provinces - published Nikkole's TCG speech Grounding in their series promoting Black voices.
Nikkole gets a Lilly Award!!
Nikkole was awarded the Stacey Mindich ‘Go Work in (or on) Theater' Award at the 2020 Lilly's on July 28th along with theatre artists Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Stacey Rose, Whitney White, and Jillian Walker!
New short play by Nikkole Salter in ALL HANDS ON DECK
Nikkole writes a new short play - WAYS AND MEANS - for Project Y's 5th Annual Women in Theatre Festival created by Antu Yacob. Other plays are written by France-Luce Benson, Sienna Jones and Banna Desta. Live streaming is on July 26th at 7pm followed by a 2 week accessible replay on Project Y's YouTube channel.
Nikkole Opens the TCG Board Season American Theatre Interviews Nikkole
American Theatre announces the new officers of Theatre Communications Group - Nikkole Salter, Board Chair, Mara Isaacs, Meghan Pressman and Eileen Morris as vice-chairs, Angela Lee Gieras and Treasurer and Lisa Portes as Secretary. In the interview Salter says, "There’s a reason why we’re lumped together with schools and churches. We provide enrichment services. We help to provide sacred secular spaces for the consideration of humanity, our collective humanity and its expression. And that is a space that we need. We provide spaces where people can practice life. That’s what stories do." Check out the entire interview here.
BREAKOUT SESSION makes the 2020 Kilroy List
The 2020 Kilroy List honors those women playwrights whose productions were interrupted by COVID-19. BREAKOUT SESSION in its world premiere at the Cleveland Public Theatre began Feb. 22, 2020. The run ended a little early due to COVID shut downs in Cleveland. Here's to seeing all of those productions again!
Nikkole Salter named Chair Person of the Board of TCG
As of July 1, 2020, Nikkole Salter will serve as Chairperson of the Board of the Theatre Communications Group - a national service organization nurturing the ecology of the not-for-profit American theatre industry. Check out her blog here.
Dear White American Theatre...
Change is afoot in the American Theatre. To see the full text of the letter click here. To read more about the movement visit the website.
Check out Nikkole's "A Time Such As This" keynote address for TCG's Virtual Conference, June 3, 2020.
The Grounding (aka The Ground On Which We Stand 2.0)
Check out Nikkole's "Grounding" speech for TCG's Convergence People of Color Affinity Session, May 8, 2020.
American Theatre Publishes A TIME SUCH AS THIS
American Theatre Magazine uses its online platform to publish Nikkole's keynote speech, "A Time Such As This," along with the speeches of theatre practitioners of Jamil Jude and Monique Holt. Read them all here.
HAPPY MILK featuring Angela Lewis
Nikkole Salter participates in the 24 Hour Plays curated by Portia and Russell Jones by writing a monologue about a new mother struggling to reclaim her sense of self, performed by Angela Lewis. Click the link to see all the monologues!
LINES IN THE DUST ON ZOOM!
LINES IN THE DUST is featured on Piper Theatre Company's first virtual reading!! Join Piper Theatre Productions tomorrow at 7:30pm (EST) 4/27/20, for a live Zoom performance of “Lines in the Dust.” Directed by John P. McEneny and tech-ed by Vasile Flutur. Featuring Bettina Goolsby , Marcie Henderson , & Soren Kisiel . There’ll be a short Q&A with Nikkole on Zoom immediately following the performance.
Nikkole featured NY Magazine's Vulture
Helen Shaw covers the impact of COVID-19 on the non-profit theatre arts industry by interviewing TCG Exec. Dir. Teresa Eyring and TCG Policy Advocate Laurie Baskin, and TCG Board Member, Nikkole Salter. She quotes Salter: "A lot of what I learned about advocating with my senators in New Jersey is that they need evidence of care — in other words, written notices and letters. Even if the senator personally can see the merit of the request, what they have to do is rally that support, that physical evidence, when they take to their legislative body."
Breakout Session is Reviewed!
Christine Howey of the Cleveland Scene proclaims, "World Premiere of 'Breakout Session (Or Frogorse)' at CPT, Inspired by Cleveland's Consent Decree, is an Admirable Work... What Salter does, she does well and innovatively."
BREAKOUT SESSION on the CW in Cleveland!
Director of the world premiere production of BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theatre is covered by WUAB Channel 43's platform covering community matters, "Focus." Harry Boomer conducts the interview with BREAKOUT's director Beth Wood and actor Nicole Sumlin.
World Premiere of BREAKOUT SESSION (or FROGORSE)
BREAKOUT SESSION (or Frogorse) receives its world premiere at Cleveland Public Theatre Feb. 22 - Mar. 14, 2020. A National New Play Network commission for CPT, the story follows a facilitator who explores the wild associations of her subconscious mind as she recalls a mandated implicit-bias training she facilitated for the CPD. Oh, yeah... and there's a, bat, canary, crocodile, elephant and a mantis shrimp. (NNPN-Cleveland Public Theatre Commission)
BREAKOUT SESSION featured on Idea Stream
Nikkole Salter's BREAKOUT SESSION, a play rooted in an examination of Cleveland's consent decree, is featured on Ideastream WVIZ. “At the heart of the matter around the consent decree, I found, is the issue of trust. So let's talk about that,” she said. Hear the entire interview here.
Nikkole joins cast of new Kirsten Greenidge play
Nikkole is slated to join the cast of the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's play Our Daughters Like Pillars, directed by Kimberly Senior at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston March 19 - April 20, 2020.
Nikkole at the Cleveland City Club
On Jan. 31st, Nikkole Salter was one of three guests of The City Club of Cleveland's Staging Transformation: Art as Social Activism panel along with CEO of Friends for Life Rehabilitation Services, Omar Kurdi, and Interdisciplinary Designer, Artist, and Professor, Malaz Elgemiabby. The conversation aired live on public radio and re-aired at 10 a.m. on WVIZ/PBS and at 10 p.m. on WCLV on Sunday, Feb. 2. Watch the full conversation to the left.
Nikkole Salter is slated to star in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Zora Howard's play STEW at the Walkerspace, Jan 20 - Feb 22, 2020, directed by Colette Robert.
Vulture says, "...it’s the performances that you’ll remember. They’re all strong, from Dodson, practiced at eye-rolling suffering, to Pollitt, who manages to be a bratty 17-year-old while still hanging onto our sympathy, to Salter, who achieves a weary glamour in her pajamas and head wrap. But Portia is the jewel...Howard makes us hear hundreds of years of pain, knocking to be let in. And Portia—shaking with effort—is the door."
NY Times says, "The excellent cast and the director Colette Robert handle the material deftly...And indeed [playwright Zora] Howard is up to something..."
Time Out says, "[Zora Howard's] intimate 90-minute drama, tautly directed by Colette Robert for page 73, invites a comfortable familiarity, as though we too were in our pajamas at Mama’s kitchen table. When a wake-up call finally arrives, it’s all the more bracing to bolt upright and face the truth."
Theatre Mania says, "Director Colette Robert invites us all into the Tucker home with an intimate production...[she] has craftily led the other three actors to a believable family resemblance. Like Mama, the younger women sport elaborate hairdos, kept under wraps like works of art before an unveiling (impressive hair and wig by Nikiya Mathis)....With humor and warmth, Stew challenges us to consider the life recipes that offer stability and comfort, and the ones that only taste like heartbreak."
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 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 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.
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 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.”
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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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
May 12, 2017
"Nikkole Salter... is a good Lady M..."
May 18, 2017
"Nikkole Salter’s Lady Macbeth dramatically displays a variety of emotions including greed, ambition, and sorrow."
INDIAN HEAD opens at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ in February! 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
"Nikkole Salter’s Cookie burns with wounded intensity."
By Emily S. Mendel
"And Shelah’s daughter, Cookie (impressive Nikkole Salter) has her own sad needs to address."