Conrad “Connie” Reeder was born in Columbus, Ohio and earned a MFA in Film, Theater & Communication Arts at the University of New Orleans in 2008. Her plays have been staged in Los Angeles and West Palm Beach. The Captive is currently in development with the University of Penn State. When not teaching as an English Lecturer, she works as an independent script consultant and editor, and is currently writing a new TV series with the working title, Elementals. Reeder has two daughters, Cimcie and Ashlee, and one granddaughter.
Music has always been her first love and her Bachelor of Arts was as a voice major and piano minor in the early 70s. Reeder started working professionally in the music industry as a studio staff singer at Tree Publishing in Nashville, while performing as a singer/dancer at Opryland, USA, in I Hear America Singing.
She then moved to New York to sing in clubs and studied acting at HB Studio (Uta Hagen, Stephen Strimpell). She performed in Off-Broadway shows with John Cullum, David Keith, John Goodman and more before meeting John Denver and touring with him around the world, performing solo and back-up on-stage and on television. Denver also recorded a song they wrote, “Thanks to You.”
Using her own original songs, Reeder formed a band, Fugitive Blonde, and was signed to the Morocco Label on Motown. Fugitive Blonde performed at venues in Nashville and Los Angeles (Madame Wong’s, China Club). Her song, I’m Blonde, He’s Black, charted on Alternative Radio stations in the early 90s.
Around this time, Reeder continued to write songs, but discovered a muse for writing articles for periodicals (EQ Magazine, Sierra Club) which allowed her to be at home more for her daughters and to help her husband, Roger Nichols, (8-time Grammy Winning Engineer/Producer) with his in-house studio.
A year after Roger died in 2011, she wrote and recently published a book, Memory Clouds: Good Grief Bad Grief. Connie writes: As I sailed through my memory clouds, the good and the bad, an anchor appeared. That anchor was envisioning a new chapter of my life. To pay it forward, she recently mentored grief workshops using writing genres such poetry, essay, dialogue or narrative to help people work through emotional pain.
Reeder is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity, NARAS, AFTRA, BMI and Sigma Alpha Iota. She is currently working on a doctorate in Mythological Studies with Depth Psychology at the Pacific Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA.