Nissa Nordland

Last updated

June 5, 2019


Nissa Nordland is an actor, writer and musician in the Twin Cities. She is a company member of the  Umbrella Collective (formerly Savage Um brella), produces new work as Special When Lit and was recently a mainstage cast member of the Brave New Workshop; she's had the pleasure of working with nimbus theatre, Four Humors, Wayward Theatre Company, Dangerous Productions, Mission Theatre Company, Theatre Unbound, HUGE Improv Theatre, Classical Actor's Ensemble, Fortune's Fool Theatre, The Buoyant Group, Artistry, Shadowhorse Theatre, Ghoulish Delights, The Red Letter Soceity, Theatre in the Round, Lyric Arts, and Public Dreams Theatre. She also enjoys playing pinball, reading comic books, cross stitching and anything about dinosaurs.

Nordland is represented by NUTS, ltd:

Nominated for "Best Original/New Work" in 2018 by TC Broadway World for "The Fae"
"Housewarming" by Some Tiger won Best WTF Moment for the 2017 Z-Fest Film Festival, for a scene Nordland starred in. "Housewarming" was also nominated for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film.
Nominated for Best Actress for her dual roles as Maren and Bizarro Maren in "Maren & the Machine", 2016 Z-Fest Film Festival.
Second place at the 2015 MN Shorts Play Festival for 10 minute play "Catnipped".



My Sister In This House; Actor: Lea; Theatre Pro Rata; June 1-16; The Crane Theater
(Fri, Sat, Sun @ 7:30, Final Sun @ 3:00)

Xena & Gabrielle Smash the Patriachy; Playwright/Gabrielle; MN Fringe Festival; August 2019



"Giordano makes a fierce queen, especially in the proximity of Gremlin’s space, and you can practically see the sparks flying when she and Singh/Electra go head-to-head in their verbal sparring. Some haunting, original music by Nordland completes the trifecta." Twin Cities Art Reader review of "Iphigenia and Other Daughters" (

As Iphigenia, Nissa Nordland conveys the vanity and cluelessness of one who was always made to believe they mattered above all, not lacking in intelligence, but unable to put it to use beyond the narrow range of her vision, as discovering Clytemnestra killed Agamemnon to avenge her death, remarking brightly, ‘I'm impressed. I didn't know I rated that level of vengeance.’” Talkin Broadway review of “Iphigenia and Other Daughters” (

"The five actors playing named characters all give strong, sympathetic, truthful performances, individually and as a beautifully dysfunctional family... Iphigenia and Other Daughters tells ancient women's stories in a fresh and modern way that's relatable today, making it obvious why these stories have survived for so long." Cherry & Spoon Review (

"British playwright Caryl Churchill’s dystopian 2000 play gets an intriguing, must-see production. The most haunting scene is when hooded, handcuffed figures with fancy headgear are paraded on their way to execution as an onstage audience applauds, seeing only the fashion and oblivious to their roles in a world order that benefits them but is built on horror." Rohan Preston, Star Tribune review of "Far Away" @ Minnesota Fringe Festival (

"The Ravagers is a play you won’t soon forget, with an ominous soundscape performed live by multi-instrumentalist Nissa Nordland." Jay Gabler, City Pages MN Review of Savage Umbrella's "The Ravagers" (

" The eerie feel is greatly enhanced by the live soundtrack performed by Nissa Nordland..." Amy Donahue, Twin Cities Art Reader Review of Savage Umbrella's "The Ravagers"

"Sometimes scary is sexy, as demonstrated by The Fae. Playwright/actor Nissa Nordland Morgan and director Ben Layne have four ignorant Americans stumble into a supernatural orgy on the Isle of Man, where getting literally fucked to death by a silver-skinned fairy (Marci Lucht) is a best-case scenario, because this pagan party never ends." Jay Gabler, City Pages MN Review of "The Fae" at Twin Cities Horror Festival (

"Gorgeously costumed and featuring some fabulous movement, this tale of humans venturing into the faery world has some amazing imagery and an interesting story." MN Theatre Love review of "The Fae" at Twin Cities Horror Festival

"Then there are those actors! In almost every single one of my reviews, I rave about one or two performers, and then talk about the others if need be. However, I can’t tell you who the best performer in this remount is because this is an incredible ensemble that I am still in awe of. To keep up this level of energy for this long is a feat in and of itself and to bring such a heartwrenching conclusion so naturally is nothing short of masterful. Savage Umbrella’s devotion to ensemble work is never more apparent than in Ex-Gays." Cassandra Snow, The Column review of "Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount"

"Avery, Leffler, and the cast set the production on a knife-edge balance of absurdity and pathos, a tone that's tragically fitting for 2017." Jay Gabler, City Pages MN review of "Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount"

"What makes this play so powerful is the go-for-broke characterizations brought to life by the talented ensemble. Although this is very obviously a satire, over the course of two quickly passing hours you really do come to care for characters..." Basil Considine, Twin Cities  Arts Reader of "Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount"

"Marci Lucht goes full diva as Adriana, spouse of the more settled Antipholus. Waving a martini glass and perpetually brimming with indignation, she’s more than ready for The Real Housewives of Ephesus. Nissa Nordland Morgan plays Adriana’s sister Luciana, and Morgan’s sweeter demeanor pairs nicely with Lucht’s sour pucker."- Jay Gabler, City Pages Minneapolis review of "The Comedy for Errors"

"Nissa Nordland Morgan provides backup as the more restrained Luciana, seemingly happy to play second fiddle to her glamorous sister." - Lisa BrockStar Tribune review of "The Comedy of Errors"

"Besides the twins, other highlights in the cast include Marci Lucht as Antipholus' long-suffering wife, Nissa Nordland Morgan as her supportive sister..." Cherry and Spoon review "The Comedy of Errors"

"This Ghost Train is presented in a highly stylized way of acting that is so far over the top it almost brings you back down the other side again.  It feels like it must be absolutely exhausting for the performers, and at the same time kind of a treat to just let loose like that.  Because everyone is permitted to be very BIG at all times.  There are no low gears in this play, everyone’s in high gear right out of the gate.  It’s hard to maintain that level of energy for a full evening but this cast delivers and doesn’t flag."- Matthew Everett review of "The Ghost Train"

" These are the kind of artists, Wayward and Mission are the kind of companies, and Ghost Train is the kind of theater that makes the Twin Cities' theater community so deep, rich, and great."- Cherry and Spoon review of "The Ghost Train"

"Highlights in the cast include...Nissa Nordland Morgan as her sweet daughter Ansa who wants to escape.." Cherry and Spoon review of "The Kalevala"

"Individual actors have moments when they truly shine –  Nissa Nordland Morgan’s naïve enthusiasm as Ansa stood out." Sophie Kerman, MN Playlist review of "The Kalevala"

"As funny as the show promises to be, it manages to exceed that. The friend I brought with me referred to Nissa Nordland as a “comedic tour de force” in the role of the fed up beauty pageant contestant, and I can’t think of a better turn of phrase than that to describe her sensational performance. In a three person cast I rarely expect one performer to be so outrageously good that they completely steal every moment they are on stage, but Nordland manages to do so..." Cassandra Snow, The Column review of "The Taming"

"Katherine (the hilarious and extremely expressive Nissa Nordland) is an uber-patriotic beauty pageant contestant who wants to rewrite the constitution. And the thing is, she doesn't sound crazy." - Cherry and Spoon review of  "The Taming"

"The entire play, which runs 90 minutes with no intermission, is directed with the exaggerated, winking energy of sketch comedy. It is impossible to take any of the three main characters seriously. For that matter, founding fathers Madison and Pinckney have the demeanor of overzealous college debate opponents, and George Washington [Nordland] conveys the folksy confidence of a white-powder wigged Bill Clinton. Of the players, Nissa Nordland, as the beauty queen, establishes the most engaging character, drawing out the mix of madness and wisdom in her contradictions." -  Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway review of "The Taming"

"Of course, the creative ingenuity of a charismatic troupe consisting of longtime favorites and relative newcomers (including Lauren Anderson, Ryan Nelson, Nissa Nordland, Kory Pullam, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler) all but guarantees an invigorated blend of comic sensibilities." Brad Richason, City Pages review of "The Working Dead"

"Kory Pullam and Nissa Nordland make comic sparks with their romantic longings that aren’t quite fulfilled...There’s so much truth behind the humor that it’s almost scary. Situations are exaggerated just a tiny bit more than they are in the real world, so hopefully this crew is not prescient and we are actually laughing at our occupational future!" - Renee Valois, Pioneer Press review of "The Working Dead"


Maren and the Machine


BNW Retells "A Christmas Carol"