Academy Award ©Author Adventures

John Ridley IV, A Writer Who Gives Back

John Ridley IV (1965- ) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and became a popular writer of novels, plays, and screenplays beginning in 1990 as a writer for such television series as Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The John Larroquette Show. In more recent years, he established himself as a playwright, television director, and writer for major award-winning films and television series, most notably 12 Years a Slave (2013), a full-length critically acclaimed feature film directed by Steve McQueen. 12 Years a Slave won numerous awards, including his Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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His Writing

“I love to write. I enjoy the process; I enjoy the different processes, because writing for film and television and graphic novels is all very different. So I’ve never had the feeling of, ‘Oh, you have to do this one thing.'” — John Ridley IV

John Ridley has authored and co-authored dozens of literary works since the late 1990s. They range from Batman graphic novels to social commentary mysteries and crime fiction, such as Stray Dogs (1997), The Drift (2002), and What Fire Cannot Burn (2007). Discover these and more of his books at

The Place

Nō Studios, at 1037 West McKinley Avenue, is a 40,000 square foot headquarters for creative and collaborative space, founded by the writer to benefit the artistic community of his hometown.

According to “Our historic building features offices, co-working space, a state-of-the-art screening room, performance stage, café bar, gallery, and rooftop lounge and deck.”

Tours can be scheduled in advance during normal business hours by emailing a request to An events calendar is here: Facility parking is limited but street parking is also available nearby.

This is the third stop on the Wisconsin Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart