Get Out Alive

Nikki Lynette’s new autobiographical afrogoth musical raises mental health awareness through the lens of an underground concert. With music that is equal parts punk, hip hop, alternative rock, and pop, Nikki’s true story shows that when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive. 

The Writer

Nikki LynetteBook & Lyrics & Music

Nikki Lynette is a social impact artist who fuses mental health activism into her performances, filmmaking, and visual art. With her musical about depression Get Out Alive she 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. The film adaptation of Get Out Alive has won 3 awards. A proud ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), her first TEDx Talk, hosted by Princeton University, was an opportunity for her to share how her punk culture roots aided her suicide recovery. 

Development History

Starting as an opening act for Pussy Riot’s first American tour, the show was developed into a full-length musical at the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University. Appearing in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s LookOut Series in early 2020, this groundbreaking show sold out all five shows within days of the press announcement. When the pandemic hit, it was adapted into an independent film that has been featured in a dozen film festivals around the world, winning three awards.  Get Out Alive received its first extended run in July/August 2022 produced by Haven Chicago at The Den Theatre. 

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Brannon Bowers