(she/her) is a performer, writer and visual artist who has been fusing mental health activism into her performance art since 2016. She has been has been honored with an Ambassador of the Year Award by NAMI, the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. With her musical about depression GET OUT ALIVE, Nikki has made history as the first black female playwright to be produced by American Music Theatre Project and the first AMTP work to debut at Steppenwolf. After a sold-out debut before the pandemic, the musical returns to the stage in Summer 2022 at The Den Theatre. The film adaptation of GET OUT ALIVE has been invited into 9 film festivals and won 3 awards. Lynette’s mental health docuseries “Happy Songs About Unhappy Things” is also currently in production. Her reality of living with a serious mental illness informs for her art and advocacy.  LEARN MORE

THE MUSICAL
THE SONGS
THE FILMS
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THE VISUALS

"All I care about is music, art, & living in a way that makes me not wanna die."

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Get Out Alive is a musical about depression by artist Nikki Lynette.

After a sold-out run in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s LookOut Series, GOA has been reimagined for the big screen. We’re currently nominated for our 4th award! This afrogoth musical blends storytelling, song, dance & visual media to show that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.

Get Out Alive is a musical about depression by artist Nikki Lynette.

After a sold-out run in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s LookOut Series, GOA has been reimagined for the big screen. We’re currently nominated for our 4th award! This afrogoth musical blends storytelling, song, dance & visual media to show that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.

HAPPY SONGS ABOUT

UNHAPPY THINGS

A Documentary About Mental Health

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological issues at some point in their lives. Yet, mental health and the stigmas around it are a subject that most people don’t want to discuss. In Happy Songs About Unhappy Things, indie artist Nikki Lynette is forcing us to have the conversation.

HAPPY SONGS ABOUT

UNHAPPY THINGS

A Documentary About Mental Health

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological issues at some point in their lives. Yet, mental health and the stigmas around it are a subject that most people don’t want to discuss. In Happy Songs About Unhappy Things, indie artist Nikki Lynette is forcing us to have the conversation.

Biiiiiiiiiiiitch I did a TEDx Talk.

Nikki Lynette is a trained Lived Experience Speaker through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI,) the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. As part of NAMI Chicago’s Ending the Silence program, Nikki has spoken to over a thousand teens and families about her journey as a suicide survivor. In 2021 she was honored by NAMI Chicago with the prestigious Ambassador of the Year Award.

MUSIC FEATURED IN SHOWS ON

Ain't nothing wrong with me.
I just got a mental illness.

Since I finished my first film, I’ve won 4 awards, hosted a podcast on iHeartRadio, sang on a song that won 2 Emmys, taught myself to edit movies, got my film into 9 festivals, dropped the trailer for my film on WGN news, performed in Montreal, signed a 19 show run for my play in 2022, dropped a TEDxTalk that went viral, licensed songs to tv shows, did a voiceover for a show that I love on Showtime, entered into distribution talks for my film & docuseries & more… And I did it all with mental health issues.

 

People like us ain’t waiting around for anyone to respect us. It’s our time right fucking now.