Alexis Pivnicny, like Dunkin' Donuts, was born and raised in Quincy, MA. She has an undergraduate degree from Emerson College and has taken postgraduate courses through UCLA Extension. She has advanced in several competitions including Austin Film Fest, The Orchard Project and ScreenCraft Pilot Launch. Some of her short form content is currently available on Yelp.
Amy Jephta began her career as a playwright and has held residencies at the Royal Court Theatre, the Lincoln Theater Directors Lab and the Orchard Project Episodic Lab. Her feature film, Ellen, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was South Africa's official submission to the 2018 Golden Globes Foreign Language Film category. In 2017, her writing was directed by Danny Boyle and performed by James McAvoy at Carnegie Hall as part of The Children's Monologues.
Chicago-native Aris Mendoza started her career in entertainment as an actor. She has appeared on TV shows Future Man, Code Black and was the dialogue coach on HBO’s Barry. In 2018, she was hired as Will Smith’s personal writer and she also helped develop and write the show bible for Willow Smith’s upcoming anime series Menen. Aris studied at The Groundlings School where she received multiple scholarships.
Cassius Corrigan is a writer, director and actor from Miami. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and is beginning a festival run with his debut feature film, Huracán, a psychological drama about an aspiring mixed martial arts fighter who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. A passionate martial artist, Cassius is dedicated to creating breakthrough global content for the fast growing sport of MMA, and to empowering Latino voices and perspectives.
Chad S Hoffman
Chad S. Hoffman has spent most of his career on the executive/non writing producing side of things; including as VP Series at ABC where he developed and programmed such groundbreaking shows as ‘thirtysomething’ and TWIN PEAKS; to creating the Writer’s Group Company with Hearst Entertainment; to co-founding Permission TV, a very early Web TV/Film production distribution company. After moving back east and taking a break to raise his children Chad has focused on writing, finally finding his voice after a long and unpredictable journey.
Chris Dymond is a writer/director from Toronto, Canada. His micro-budget feature, IN RETURN (eOne; 2012), received the audience choice award at the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, and played at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. In 2016, he led a screenwriting workshop at the South Western International Film Festival. His original TV pilot CINEPHILE was in The Black List's 2016 TV Writers Staffing Book.
Dawn Smith grew up without a television and has been obsessed with it ever since. She got her degree in studio art from University California Irvine, interned at Media Process Group in Chicago, and worked as an associate producer producing political ads for various Democrats at AKPD Message and Media, formerly Axelrod and Associates. She works as a freelance writer, director and producer, and her web series ‘Paid for By’ had a successful festival run in 2018.
Derek Stuckert was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he cut his teeth on classic films, Star Trek reruns, and summers at theater camp. Since then, his Hollywood journey has taken him from writing independent films, to developing TV pitches, reading for notable screenplay contests, while still finding time to teach film theory and screenwriting to the next generation of young artists. Derek is a proud University of Miami graduate as well as the recipient of an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.
Emily Harper & Laura Kittrell
Emily Harper (Left) grew up in Chicago and was voted Interlochen Arts Academy’s “Student of the Month” in February of 2004. She began her career as a live TV producer for MTV, ABC, Comedy Central and others, and her favorite memories after 8 MTV Video Music Awards all have to do with Beyoncé. In 2016 she was a consultant for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and still remembers the Democratic National Convention fondly.
Laura Kittrell (Right) is from Meridian, Mississippi, where she was voted “Employee of the Month” at United Artists Bonita Lakes 9 Cinema in January of 2004. She is currently co-writing the limited series The Dolls starring and produced by Issa Rae and Laura Dern for HBO. She is also a writer/producer on HBO's Insecure and has previously written on Showtime's Black Monday, ABC's Downward Dog, and FX's The Comedians.
Besides Drag Heist, Emily and Laura are developing an animated feature about the afterlife, as well as a teen horror film. They both graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and live in West Hollywood with their cats Hannah and Riley.
Erin Feiger & Jen Kodros
Montana native Erin Feiger (Left) earned her M.F.A. from USC in Writing for Screen and Television. Her focus is comedy and has been since she told her first-grade teacher on career day that she wanted to work on Saturday Night Live. She writes short fiction, does stand-up and would love to one day run a writing ranch retreat for kids.
Indiana Alumna and Midwest nomad, Jen Kodros (Right) is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City Conservatory and is currently working her way through The Groundlings. She is writing a YA book series The Bloodline Chronicles, based on the legends of the Greek Gods, and has a blog **RETROSPECTACULAR** which discusses love, loss, the hilarity that is adulting and everything in between.
Erin and Jen found each other in LA and became writing partners over a late-night wine at a sunset diner discussing the trials and travesties of dating in your 30s. Combining their voices has been a symphonic success. You are sincerely welcome.
Evan Parter's political thriller, "The Independent," landed in the top ten on the 2013 Black List, and his Cold War thriller, "Kings Canyon," landed on the 2016 Black List. He has written a pilot for Fox International Channels, an adaptation of the novel "Sweetness #9" for Mar-Key Pictures, and has several feature spec scripts in various stages of development. Before writing full-time, Evan worked in development as an assistant and creative executive at Escape Artists and Carousel Productions. He was born and raised in New York, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics, and spent three years vagabonding through Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, working as a high school history teacher in Wales, and collecting a resume of odd jobs along the way. He is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.
Hope Leon is a graduate of the Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television. She has spent the last few years producing for Bravo reality shows such as “Southern Charm” and “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” but is now focusing on screenwriting to tell stories that make people forget life is a dumpster fire and laugh. She’s really excited about being a part of the Impact program, but if you can’t tell it’s because she went a little heavy on her last round of Botox.
Jason Gurvitz & Greg Kading
Jason Gurvitz (Right) and Greg Kading (Left) are a Los Angeles based writing team with unique personal backgrounds and understandings of the criminal underworld about which they write. Jason, a multilingual wiretap interpreter for the federal government, and Greg, a 35-year criminal investigator, couple their collective non-scripted and scripted filmmaking experiences to offer a fresh behind-the-scenes look at the modern day true-crime genre.
Jonathan Todd Ross
Jonathan is an award winning audiobook narrator as well as an SAT tutor. His short film "The Universe of Scotch and Haagen-Dazs" screened at numerous festivals including the Austin Film Fest and won Best Sci-Fi short at the Discover Film Fest in London. Formerly an actor, he lived out a childhood dream voicing a maniacal cartoon villain on the hit anime "Yugioh." He lives in Brooklyn with his middle-grade author wife and his shark expert four year old daughter.
Justin Calen-Chenn & Stephen Love
With one hailing from the streets and one hailing from the country, Justin Calen-Chenn (Right) and Stephen "Dr" Love (Left) are a creative team whose distinctive point of view informs what and how they create. Having been homeless as a teenager, Justin's POV comes from years spent in a wildly violent, socially tragic, and equally colorful underworld and culture that drove him to writing after the brutal death of a friend in 2016. After being introduced to the town by way of his African-American gang thriller spec, METAL & DUST, Justin went on to write for notables such as Justin Lin, Dark Castle, Michelle Yeoh, XYZ Films, Matt Jackson, and Sherry Marsh (Pose). He was featured on the 2018 Young & Hungry List and is repped by CAA and Epicenter.
Stephen's “country boy with big city hustle” perspective came from his upbringing selling peaches before attending Morehouse College and USC’s Stark program. He went on to produce THE LAND, directed by Steven Caple Jr (CREED 2). After which, he produced an Emmy-winning commercial, started Made with Love Media (Film/TV), co-founded The Invisible Collective (Advertising), and set up two studio movies in 2019 as a producer.
Justin S. Lee
Justin S. Lee is a Student Academy Award-nominated writer/director with multiple projects in active development. He was recently selected by Paramount Television to participate in Viacom’s Emerging Directors Program, joining a group of seven directors chosen from over 2,000 applicants. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he is represented by Bellevue Productions and the Kaplan Stahler Agency.
Katie Crabb is a teen horror buff turned College Super-Bowl Ad Winner turned high-school English teacher turned screenwriter. After spending her life bouncing around small Wisconsin towns, Katie finally took the leap and moved to L.A. to earn her MFA at USC’s John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television. Katie now explores stories about characters who confront the things that haunt them.
Milla Bell-Hart is an action writer from Maine. She's staffed on THE NIGHT SHIFT, ABSENTIA, and an upcoming secret animated series for Netflix. Her favorite movie is Die Hard and her favorite person is The Rock.
Monisha Dadlani, a graduate of USC's B.F.A. Acting program, was born and raised in New York City. She began her writing pursuits in middle school with a play titled "You Ate My Hat." Yes, it had a theme song. In college, she produced her first feature film, which taught her to never film when cicadas decide to emerge from their seventeen-year hibernation. Monisha is currently a writer, actress, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
Philip Tarl Denson
A screenwriter based in Darwin, Australia, Philip has optioned several original screenplays and and has a number of feature film and television projects in development including a project with INTREPID PICTURES based on his original theatre piece. Philip's first feature film script, LUCID, won the NT Literary Award for Screenwriting, was a finalist in the JOHN HINDE award for Science Fiction, finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay competition, finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay competition, quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting contest and finalist in the 2017 GATEWAY LA ‘Aussie List’ of the best unproduced scripts by Australian writers. With a background in physics and theatre, Phil's screenwriting borders on science and speculative fiction.
Shequeta Latoya Smith
Shequeta L. Smith is a Salisbury, North Carolina native who graduated from North Carolina State University. Since 2008, she has been busy writing and directing short films, writing and creating comics, and writing award-winning screenplays that usually feature badass women. She's been a finalist in HBO's Project Greenlight, Universal Writer's Program, and Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Most recently, Shequeta was featured in InStyle Magazine for her upcoming, feature-length documentary, "The Shero Universe," which follows her as she tours the world of international comic-cons and documents her ultimate goal as a creator...worldwide domination!