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ANNA NICHOLAS is a writer, actor and director whose career spans 30 years and is comprised of work for stage, film, television and individual consumption. Produced plays include Villa Thrilla (; Our Dark Connection, The Elegant Dinner, Searching for Mary Jane, commissioned for THEATRE IN THE DARK, Odyssey Theatre, LA Weekly Theatre Award nominee; Lu/Lou (Dorothy Lyman), The Beaver Suite (Friends and Artists Theatre & Metropolitan Stage, NYC) and Incunabula, performed for radio by LA Theatre Works, available on Audible. Other plays have been performed at Primary Stages (NY), Sacred Fools, Interact, EST and Rogue Machine (LA), Portland Women’s Theatre and Women’s Theatre Project, Ft. Lauderdale. She wrote, produced and directed the international film festival prize-winning mockumentary, Univers’l (starring Tony Todd), a multilingual film about the LA riots of 1992, which was broadcast on PBS; Her short film, The Big Bowling Ball (with James Remar) was nominated for best live action short. Nicholas is the winner of the Santa Barbara Screenwriting Competition, Tent Square, Oregon Screenwriting and Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competitions, and is the recipient of both Walden and Tano Media Writing Fellowships. She has twice been a finalist for Chesterfield, and for the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, and adapted (for Working Title Films) Jane Smiley’s Duplicate Keys and Look at Me by Jennifer Egan. Nicholas is the author of two published novels: The Muffia (the first in a series) and Homegrown: The Terror Within (written as Cialan Haasnic). She is a published journalist with a monthly column in Vine Times Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Touring & Tasting Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of the Horse among other publications. Her first book of non-fiction, Royal Mack’s Teeny Tiny Wine Guide (2005), was reissued in 2012, and an essay, “On Wine and Men,” appears in Penguin Books’ In My Mother’s Kitchen. She has guest blogged at,, and her own blog appears at As an actress, Nicholas is currently appearing in EST/LA’s late-night series “In Search of DoG.” She was part of the ensemble of Theatre in the Dark at the Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles (nominated for LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble). Other favorite roles include Lane in Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House (also at The Odyssey), Alice in A.R. Gurney's Post Mortem, Kate in Harold Pinter's Old Times (Ensemble Theatre), Shakespeare in Snoo Wilson's More Light and Eva in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. Films include: Final Analysis, Cotton Club, The Bloodstone and Funny About Love. She’s been on TV as Sue Ellen's secretary on Dallas, Mike Hammer's sidekick, and Mary Tyler Moore's foil on Mary. She reads her own The Muffia, on Nicholas is also a lapsed attorney and mediates on occasion. She has taught writing at the University of Oregon and has worked with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, both as dramaturg and Managing Director (2010). She’s a member of EST-LA’s Playwrights Unit, LA Female Playwright’s Initiative, The Dramatists Guild, AEA, SAG and AFTRA. Originally from the east coast, she currently resides in Los Angeles.