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Biography

I’m obsessed with history, underdogs, justice, civil rights, feminist sheroes, and New Orleans. I survived stage three breast cancer, and I usually put in ten rounds in the boxing ring before breakfast.

In 2021, I won the $20,000 Black List Google Assistant Storytelling Fellowship to develop my feature screenplay, KICKS, about a middle-aged woman battling breast cancer who enters a kickboxing tournament because it feels like a fight she can win. I was a 2020 Athena TV Writers Lab Fellow with CRUMB BUMS, a one-hour drama pilot about sports, journalism, and civil rights in the 1960s. Also in 2020, my courtroom drama feature, MONSTERS OF KATRINA, received a generous development grant from Stowe Story Labs. SALT OF THE EARTH, my feature screenplay about unions, racism, and independent filmmaking in the 1950s, has been a finalist for the CANNESFILM UNLIMITED Black List Writers Residency, the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, the Black List Feature Lab (2x), and the Black List + Women in Film Writers Residency (3x).

In my co-career as an actor, I created a solo play, GUARDING ERICA, the inside story of a soap opera prison guard, published by Vintage Books.

Known For
Salt of the Earth, Monsters of Katrina, Crumb Bums, Guarding Erica
Guild Membership
WGAE

TRICKS IN MY POCKET

Leslie Nipkow
Comedy

Tennessee Williams and Richard Nixon trapped in a powder room with a bottle of gin -- what couldn't go wrong?

KICKS

Leslie Nipkow
Comedy Drama

A dramedy about middle-aged woman with breast cancer who enters a muay thai kickboxing competition because she needs to fight a fight she can win.