Nora is an American actress, writer and musician (accordion for "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros").
Kirkpatrick graduated from UCLA with a degree in Theatre Film and Television. She is probably best known for her role as Katherine, the stern president of Panhellenic, on the ABC Family TV series Greek, or for her recurring role on the ninth season of The Office as "Esther Bruegger", a neighboring farmer's daughter who becomes Dwight's girlfriend. Nora starred in the 2015 film Pink Grapefruit, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Award, and has played many other roles in film and TV, including Men at Work, Jennifer Falls, Don't Trust the B, and Chasing Life. She was also one of the leads of the popular mockumentary web series called Dorm Life, where she played Courtney Cloverlock.
in 2016, Kirkpatrick created a TV show for Comedy Central entitled, Best-Seller, that she wrote with SNL alum, Dennis McNicholas. The show was produced by Olivia Wilde, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay from Gloria Sanchez Productions.
In 2017, Kirkpatrick created, wrote and directed Virtually Mike and Nora, the first ever Virtual Reality comedy series for Hulu, with collaborator Mike O'Brien. The first two episodes of the series played at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In a 2017 Forbes article, Kirkpatrick cites Virtual Reality's ability to cause "spatial un-comfortability," and her aim to make the viewer the lead character of the story.
Nora studies and performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles.
She is also a founding member and accordion player for the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with whom she won a Grammy in 2013.
In 2017, Nora appeared in Adam Sandler's film Sandy Wexler as well as in Paul Lieberstein's debut feature Song of Back and Neck.
Kirkpatrick was born in Peru, Illinois, and attended high school in La Quinta, California. After High School, she went on to UCLA, studying theater and film. Upon graduation, Kirkpatrick went to Africa to volunteer and teach in Nakuru, Kenya.