Nicole Anderson Cobb

Nicole Anderson Cobb

From 2009 to the present, Nicole Anderson Cobb has written the following plays (“Black Reign” (2010), “Still Waters”( 2011), “Tangled” (2012), “Campus Jihad”( 2015) and “Homegrown: An Insurrection Play” (2021).

From 2013-2017, Nicole Anderson Cobb was also the creator and producer of the multi-year GunPlay(s) Theatre Competition & Yearlong Gun 10 Play Series (2013-2016) produced at the...
From 2009 to the present, Nicole Anderson Cobb has written the following plays (“Black Reign” (2010), “Still Waters”( 2011), “Tangled” (2012), “Campus Jihad”( 2015) and “Homegrown: An Insurrection Play” (2021).

From 2013-2017, Nicole Anderson Cobb was also the creator and producer of the multi-year GunPlay(s) Theatre Competition & Yearlong Gun 10 Play Series (2013-2016) produced at the Station Theatre in Urbana, Illinois.

These projects have garnered attention from local, regional and national media outlets including: The Story with Dick Gordon (APM), American Radio Works, WGLT (Bloomington IL), WBEZ (Chicago), The Chicago Defender, The Reader (Chicago), The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Illini, The News Gazette (Central Illinois) The Lutheran Magazine, For Harriet: Celebrating The Fullness of Black Womanhood, The Salt Collective (National Blog) among other publications.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Nicole Anderson Cobb was a University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Specialized Journalism Fellow in the UIUC Department of Journalism where she worked as a media researcher specializing in investigative journalism in the UIUC College of Media. In 2020, Nicole Anderson Cobb was a 2020 Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge Grantee where she conducted research on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Illinois museums.

Anderson Cobb is currently completing her first TV-pilot and working on new plays while devising work for the Spring 2022 Artist-In-Residence, Allerton Park & Research Center.

Plays

  • "A Charleston Rendezvous"
    This play imagines the origins of Edward Hopper's "Carolina Morning" ( 1955).
  • "Two Mothers / One Call"
    “Two Mother/ One Call” reimagines a police- involved shooting asking ALOUD all the questions that we often ask ourselves when they occur.
  • Homegrown: An Insurrection Play
    "Homegrown" is a three-act dramedy that examines the events of January 6 insurrection from the perspective of a church community grappling with political polarization and its effects on local churches, families, and the broader community.
  • Campus Jihad: The Struggle Within The American University
    On the campus of a fictional university, “Campus Jihad” is a full-length play that chronicles the lives of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members struggling to manage their relationships with each other. As the semester begins, the environment is tense as issues of race, class, and faith threaten to boil over.

    This play is situated at the fault-lines of heated national...
    On the campus of a fictional university, “Campus Jihad” is a full-length play that chronicles the lives of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members struggling to manage their relationships with each other. As the semester begins, the environment is tense as issues of race, class, and faith threaten to boil over.

    This play is situated at the fault-lines of heated national debates around immigration, citizenship, the “War On Terror”, race relations, Islam, and the impacts of gun violence on local communities.
  • Tangled: A Dramedy About Gun Violence In The Age of Obama
    Tangled is an award-winning play that examines gun violence in the age of Obama. This play uses humor, candor and intergenerational conflict within a family of African American funeral directors to explore the crisis of gun violence---a crisis devastating communities throughout the United States