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Nicole Burdette


Nicole Maria Burdette

December 24, 1963 (age60)
Almamater New York University (BA) The New School (MFA)
Relatives Mike Stepovich (uncle)

Nicole Maria Burdette (born December 24, 1963) [1] [2] is an American playwright and actress. She is also an assistant professor at The New School for Drama.


  • Early life and education
  • Career
  • Writing credits
  • Stage
  • Film
  • Acting credits
  • Film 2
  • Television
  • References
  • External links

Early life and education

Burdette was born in San Francisco, [2] the first of two children of Ellen (née Stepovich) and Lawrence Burdette. Her uncle is former governor of Alaska, Mike Stepovich [3] whose daughter, Nada, is married to NBA Hall of Fame player John Stockton.

She attended New York University with a triple major in acting, writing and the humanities. She graduated with honors and was a recipient of the prestigious Founders' Day Award. [4] She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School's renowned Schools of Public Engagement whose former faculty include poets Robert Frost and Frank O'Hara.


In 1986, she co-founded the theater company Naked Angels, which she named [4] [2] and whose president of the board for many years was John Kennedy Jr. The Naked Angels Theater Company produced many of her plays including The Bluebird Special Came Through Here, directed by Rebecca Miller, I'd Rather Be Punch Drunk (which she starred in as well), BUSTED (with Ashley Judd in her first stage role) which was on a double bill with the original one act of what was to become Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan produced in conjunction with The John Drew Theater in East Hampton and Chelsea Walls, directed by Tony Award-winning Edwin Sherin. She adapted her play Chelsea Walls into a feature film directed by Ethan Hawke, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Chelsea Walls was originally workshopped and performed for a one night staged reading with Matt Dillon, Rob Morrow, Nancy Travis and many others at The Minetta Lane Theatre, directed by Roxanne Rogers (sister of Sam Shepard). And in 1998 a star studded benefit reading of the play for the theater company was produced at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, directed by film director Alexandre Rockwell and a cast that included Rufus Sewell, Ethan Hawke, John Heard, Kathryn Erbe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Josh Hamilton, Jesse L. Martin, Kevin Corrigan and others. She acted in many productions with Naked Angels as well, including starring in Kenneth Lonergan's A Suffering Colonel. Burdette also was involved as both an actor and playwright with Malaparte who produced her play The Great Unwashed, starring Ethan Hawke, Frank Whaley, Robert Sean Leonard and Martha Plimpton.

Her first film role was in 1987's Angel Heart . Her first major role was opposite Brad Pitt in Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It . She had acted with Pitt previously in the film Johnny Suede; the scene was subsequently cut from the film. She portrayed Barbara Soprano on the HBO television series The Sopranos from 2000 to 2001. She received the Best Screenplay Award at the 2001 Newport Beach Film Festival for Maze . [4]

She has written for magazines such as Bomb (where she was a contributing editor for many years), [5] Interview, and Harper's Bazaar , for which she interviewed Redford in 1992. [6] A piece of hers was commissioned and appeared in ANTHOLOGY: A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER, a collection which included pieces from Lynn Nottage, Michael Cunningham, Susan Minot and many others.

She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at The New School for Drama. She has also taught several classes at both Columbia University's English Department and Columbia University's Film School, [4] including the course she created, "Lou and You" about Lou Reed's intellectual and academic journey toward becoming a songwriter and musician. She also received the Agnes Ranjo Capps Fellowship for playwriting in conjunction with The University of Montana’s Montana Repertory Theatre in 2008.

Burdette was nominated for the 2018 Rome Prize.

Writing credits


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After The Deer HunterThe Duke Theater on 42nd Street. Starring Logan Marshall Green. Published by Playscripts.
BustedThe John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Starring Ashly Judd. Directed by Timothy Hutton (1993)
Chelsea WallsDirected by Edwin Sherin. Produced by Naked Angels. Premiered 1990. Adapted by Burdette into feature film
I'd Rather Be Punch DrunkProduced by Naked Angels. Starring Nicole Burdette.
Listen to the Music and Wait
Pagans in Limbo WNYC radio play commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, February 1992. Starring Laura Linney.
Scandinavian Scorpionsdirected by Burdette
Sullivan Travels Again
The Bluebird Special Came Through HereDirected by Rebecca Miller
The Dizziness of Too Many Possibilities
The Great UnwashedDirected by Max Mayer. Produced by Malaparte and Jason Blum. Starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Seam Leonard,Frank Whaley
The Investigation of Solitude
Unknown Citizen
Yes! We Have No Pajamasdirected by Brian MacDevitt


2000 Maze Screenplay co-writer
2001 Chelsea Walls

Acting credits


In A River Runs Through It (1992) Burdette plays Mabel, Paul Maclean’s (Brad Pitt) girlfriend


2000–2001 The Sopranos Barbara Soprano Giglione5 episodes

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  2. 1 2 3 Heilpern, John (November 1993). "Voices From The Edge". Vogue . Retrieved June 30, 2018.
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