NICO GRELLI (They. Them, Theirs)--is a writer, director, filmmaker, and award winning actor.
Nico identifies as Trans/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.
You can see some of Nico's work as a filmmaker in IL MUSEO DI NICO!
Nico’s Work as an Actor: has garnered a New York Innovative Theatre Award (Best Leading Actor), and a Jeff Award Nomination (Outstanding Supporting Performance). 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.
Screenwriting & Filmmaking, Nico is currently developing a number of TV Series and Feature Films--most of which have been under the mentorship of teacher Andrea Ciannavei. List available in Writer/Director section. Recently--the Pilot for Nico's TV Series TERRITORIO ranked in the Top 25% of Discoverable Projects on Coverfly, and is currently a 2nd Rounder in Launch Pad's Pilot Competition. In the past year--Nico received support for their screenwriting work from HowlRound, and was a Finalist for the Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab. 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. Pier also made numerous appearances at Shawn Randall’s Symphonics Live at Bowery Poetry Club, and Fear/Love at 61Local. Nico directed 2 Episodes of the acclaimed webseries BULK by C. Julian Jiminez and Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Nidia Medina’s play Every Love Story Ends In Tears at NYC Fringe, Sarah Shaeffer’s Shitfuck RipUps (Independently produced at Maggie Flanigan Studios), and numerous readings and workshops of plays.
Dramaturg and Translator for Black Moon Lilith 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.
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.