Leslie Nipkow is a an actor-writer working in film, TV, and theater since the day she moved to New York with a Musical Theater degree in one hand and a blue Samsonite suitcase in the other.
A veteran player of women in uniform -- Dead Guard, Security Guard, Cop, Female Officer, Toll Collector, Immigration Officer, Crossing Guard, First Guard in an All-Female Production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome-- culminating in the role of Erica Kane's prison guard on All My Children ("No physical contact!), Leslie wrote her way out. The resulting solo comedy, Guarding Erica, is anthologized in Talk to Me: Monologue Plays (Vintage Books).
She hasn't stopped since.
Leslie’s civil rights era drama pilot, Crumb Bums, set in the boxing gyms and nightclubs of 60's Manhattan, was a finalist for the 2019 Humanitas New Voices Fellowship.
Salt of the Earth, a feature screenplay about union labor, free speech, immigration, and 1950s Hollywood, has twice been a Stowe Story Labs Selected Project, and was a Top Ten Finalist for the UCLA Extension Feature Drama Prize.
As part of Southern Rep’s 4-D new play development program, Leslie Nipkow wrote Carwash Donuts, a full-length psychedelic cancer comedy for five women. Carwash is a 2019 Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, O magazine, and Salon.com, among others. Leslie’s essay “A Long Day’s Journey Into Lip Gloss” is anthologized in NYU Press’ New York Stories: Best of the NYTimes City Section.
Leslie is finishing her first novel, How to Kiss Like a Movie Star. Leslie has an Emmy and two WGA Awards.
In her spare time, she boxes.
Salt of the Earth, How to Kiss Like a Movie Star, Carwash Donuts, Tricks in My Pocket