Heritage: St. Maarten
Onicia Muller is a Dutch Caribbean-born writer and comedian living in Chicago. A professional writer since 2010, Onicia has written hundreds of hard news articles, editorials, and lifestyle pieces for publications such as The Daily Herald, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles (Time Inc.), Women In Comedy, LA-Screenwriter, Rebellious Magazine, and others. As a journalist, her beats included: crime, health and beauty, child interests, non-profit, and nightlife/entertainment. Currently, her editorial focus is female-identified creatives and the future of Caribbean entertainment.
In February 2018, Onicia was named awesome Chicago female comics to follow by Women in Comedy. Her 2018 Caribbean audio drama, Suckers Garden, was featured in the Caribbean Times,
721News, SMN-News, Island Vibez, SXM Talks, and other Caribbean news outlets.
In February 2017, The Daily Herald began publishing Onicia's new weekly column, Just Being Funny. Each article retells funny life moments. Just Being Funny is one part inspirational, two parts 'How, Sway? How?', and most importantly one part FUNNY. With over 10 thousand readers of its daily print edition and many other online subscribers, The Daily Herald is the leading newspaper in the northeastern Caribbean. Between 2010 and 2012 her semi-monthly column Quoted was published online and in print editions of the Kids Herald (a supplement of The Daily Herald).
Screenwriter / Playwright
As a screenwriter and playwright, Onicia’s focused on crafting short-format scripts (10 - 30 pages). In 2016, her first web series, Bathroom Confessionals earned her semi-finalist and finalist titles for Sundance / YouTube’s New Voices Lab, CaribbeanTales Incubator, and New Perspective Theater’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab.
After earning her M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University, she wrote and produced her first show Oh Baby!. Ts staged production, featuring four short comedic plays about couples and babies, was produced in part with a grant from Northwestern’s Radio/TV/Film Department.
In 2016, she spoke at School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Writing and the Diversity Advisory Group panel ‘Poetic Politics: Genre as Resistance in Citizen’ alongside Idris Goodwin an award-winning playwright, poet, and essayist.
Onicia first took the stage in 2015 at Chicago’s Laugh Factory open mic. Within two years she racked up performing credits including The Stoop, Louder Than A Mom, AWK Chicago, Lit Crawl Chicago, Fillet of Solo, and Caribbean Comedy Explosion. She showcased her signature brand of deadpan and sometimes dark comedy in lineups including Lily Be, Clarence B, Majah Hype, B. Cole, Erica Nicole Clark, Comedian Stick, Stefanie L. Seweryn, Whitney Capps, and others.