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About Me


After a controversial appearance in the kindergarten production of Alice in Wonderland, I was hooked on books, theater, and adventure. Also, an insatiable curiosity about anything labeled EAT ME or DRINK ME, and a closet divided into thin and fat clothes.


I graduated from Syracuse University Drama and moved to NYC to act, until an eye-opening stint as Erica Kane’s prison guard on All My Children inspired me to create the solo play, Guarding Erica, in which Guard #1 finally got the chance to express her misunderstood self. My writing has been featured in: The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, Fresh Yarn, the New York Post, Connotation Press, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, poemmemoirstory, Written By, Talk to Me: Monologue Plays (Vintage Books), and an assortment of theaters and TV shows, for which I have an Emmy, two Writers Guild awards, and ten nominations.


When not working, I box and practice muay thai. In 2012, I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Cancer and I entered the ring together, but with the help of my friends and training partners, I KO'd that beast and exited the ring cancer-free.


My essay collection, How to Kiss Like a Movie Star, will soon be published by Greenpoint Press

Link to: "When Cancer Kicked Leslie Nipkow Down, She Fought Back" Prevention, 4/21/14

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