Nichole M. Palmer — trained journalist, dramatic writer, and published author — holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University.
This Gary, Ind. native has helped birth inspiring storytelling voices for the multicultural, mainstream, and faith/inspirational marketplaces across America for more than 20 years. She’s worked with Terri McFaddin-Solomon, ordained minister, Bible teacher, and Grammy Award winner, on her books Only a Woman and Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels; and bestselling author Deborah Smith Pegues on her books 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue and Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices, which was co-written with Dr. Ricky Temple, pastor of Overcoming by Faith ministries in Savannah, Ga. Palmer’s first book, Standing in the Gap: Power of the Prayer Line, co-written with Janice Moss-Woods and Velma Hawkins, was published in 2015 through West Bow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.
As a playwright, Palmer’s play Corona Connection recently appeared in the One Minute Play Festival with the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. Other of her plays have appeared in Los Angeles at the Tamarind Theatre, the Gascon Centre Theatre, and the Hudson Theatre. She co-wrote the N.A.A.C.P.-award winning one-woman show Turning Points for actor Cleo King (MAGNOLIA) and actor/director/producer Bill Duke (PREDATOR, DEACONS FOR DEFENSE).
Palmer recently accepted an appointment with the Warehouse Performance Arts Center in Cornelius, NC as its Playwright in Residence for 2020 under the direction of its Artistic Director Marla Brown. In that capacity, Palmer created the “Give It Legs Playwrights’ Workshop” offering female writers in NC the opportunity to sharpen their full-length plays and see the work on its feet in a directed reading. The inaugural workshop runs the Summer of 2020.
In addition, Palmer is a teaching artist with the Davidson Community Players in Davidson, NC. While there, she’s directed a junior version of the musical Hamilton, and several smaller one-act plays. Previously, she taught at the now former Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy in Gary primarily as its middle school drama teacher. There, she directed the musical In the Middle by Madeline Rossettini; and two original one-acts written by her middle school students. She debuted two pieces: a ten-minute play called Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks (2016) and a children’s musical entitled Shake It Off (2017).