NICO GRELLI (They. Them, Theirs)--is a writer, director, filmmaker, and award winning actor.
Nico identifies as Non-Binary. Currently based in Brooklyn and Chicago, Nico calls many places home, and is proud to be from San Francisco--raised in a number of households by Italians who immigrated to its North Beach neighborhood in the years after WW2.
Screenwriting & Filmmaking
Nico's TV Pilot TERRITORIO --a Neo-Western set in The Bay Area--is ranked in the Top 24% of Discoverable Projects on Coverfly, #5 in Half Hour Pilots, and #4 in Westen Television in the past year, and was a 2nd Rounder in Launch Pad's Pilot Competition.
Nico's short film END TIMES received an Honorable Mention in The Big Apple Film Festival's 2023 Screenplay Competition, and is on Coverfly's Red List.
Nico has been writing an optioned featured screenplay with J Nicole Brooks--a historical crime drama set in 1981 Chicago--and has had their work supported with grants from HowlRound. Nico co-wrote the screenplay's treatment, first draft, and currently is co-writing the 2nd draft.
In the past year--Nico was a Finalist for the Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab, for the Pilot 'The Triumph of Tatty Bojangles', co-written with Nidia Medina.
Nico is also developing a Black Comedy Sci-fi Series for TV called '18018 or BOB', and a couple of short films they plan to shoot in the next year. Nico has also been pitching out, and breaking two feature film ideas, and plans to have drafts by the end of the year.
Other accolades: Three-time Semi-Finalist for San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition.
Nico wrote, directed, and produced the short films Nutella and Oh Bondage, Up Yours! and is the creator of the all things Pier Valentino’s: SHOW WITHOUT END!, which was an acclaimed solo show before becoming a webseries.
Dramaturg and Translator for 'Black Moon Lilith' --a new play by J Nicole Brooks--supported by Howlround, Mellon Foundation, Emerson College.
Playwright: Private Catholic Mixtape ‘89-’01, You’re (no) Good, Pier Valentino’s: SHOW WITHOUT END! (The Final Broadcast), and Pier Valentino’s: Imaginary Friend Cabaret. Nico has also written a number of short plays for NY Madness, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, and One Minute Play Festival. Theatre Residencies with: Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Tank, and Grange Hall Cultural Center, as well as developmental support from Theatre 167, NY Madness and more.
Nico’s Work as an Actor: has garnered a New York Innovative Theatre Award (Best Leading Actor), and a Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination (Outstanding Supporting Performance) in Chicago. Nico was very involved in NYC’s indie theatre scene of the late “00’s–early ‘10s, and originated roles in plays by Jack MacCarthy, C. Julian Jiminez, Jess Barbagallo, and JStephen Brantley, among others–and worked on the development of new plays with places like terraNova Collective, Labyrinth Theatre Co, Jewish Plays Project, The Working Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and many more. In Regional Theatre, Nico performed acclaimed leading roles at SF Playhouse, Shattered Globe Theatre, and Dorset Theatre Festival.
Nico has starred in a number of short films, and plays Dezi the photographer in Sasha Gordon’s Feature Film It Had To Be You produced by Chris Columbus. Nico is represented by Grossman & Jack in Chicago for TV/Film/Theatre/VO and is seeking reps in NYC/LA. AEA. SAG-AFTRA.
Essays: for PulpMAG, The Kitchen OnScreen, and BROKENGLASS.
Frequent Guest Artist with Epic Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, The 52nd St Project, and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Education/Training: NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (Experimental Theatre Wing. BFA 2005), UC Santa Barbara–Creative Writing (2001-2002), and London Film School. Apprenticeships with: Labyrinth Theatre. and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Screenwriting Teacher & Mentor: Andrea Ciannavei.