As a writer and director, I am dedicated to telling genre blending stories that push boundaries and defy conventions. I use a trauma-informed approach that allows me to take into consideration a variety of societal and cultural factors in my story development. Without adhering to a single genre, my work often explores themes that include relationships, multiculturalism, power and control dynamics, and trauma responses. I combine these with magical, cerebral, and out-of-this-world surprise elements that keep audiences engaged and excited about the journeys we take together.
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Resume, Links, and Awards
As a writer, my work spans the gamut of formats including screenwriting, playwriting, fiction prose, creative non fiction, travel writing, poetry, and most recently, comic books. I incorporate breath and imagery into much of my work to create a visceral reading experience. As a screenwriter, I have garnered numerous awards and recognitions for my scripts. I am also experienced in writing show bibles and creating pitch packages.
Visit the Writing page to download and view screenwriting samples
My directing career began as a teenager by directing playful videos with friends, live readers' theater, and even a bit of stop animation. Since then I have made numerous short films that include horror, experimental, comedy, and documentary. My films have screened at international film festivals throughout the years. In 2019 and 2020, I shadowed on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Visit the Directing page to view short films.
For three years, I have served as the assistant to the writer and executive producer of Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Tales of Arcadia, Carnival Row, and currently, L.A. Law. During this time, I've have been the communications nexus for dozens of projects. I have also assisted on set during shooting, and I often organize executive events.
Visit my IMDb page for a full list of my assistant credits.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
During my four year tenure, I became one of the architects of successful and innovative craft enrichment programs and partnerships with NBCU TIPS, Viacom|CBS Global Inclusion, Disney|ABC CTDI, The Disney Channel, Lifetime, AMC, and Netflix. My work has helped to advance the careers of women-identifying and non-binary directors through securing shadowing opportunities, facilitating and cultivating executive relationships, and developing episodic director training workshops and master classes.
UCLA Extension - English as a Foreign Language Instructor - Los Angeles, CA
Kaplan International - English as a Foreign Language Instructor - Los Angeles, CA
Adult Learning Center - English as a Foreign Language Instructor - Columbia, MO
A Way with Words and Numbers - Adult Basic Education Tutor - Columia, MO
VIOLENCE PREVENTION SPECIALIST
Completed a 55 hour trauma-informed training course on roots of violence, cycles of violence, systemic oppression, interpersonal violence, and healthy and unhealthy relationships
Educated community members through public speaking on the psychological, physical, and societal impacts of trauma, interpersonal violence, and systemic oppression
Trained volunteers and provided presentation tips, techniques, and feedback
Taught inclusive language usage and healthy relationship and healthy break-up tactics
M.A. The University of Texas at El Paso
B.A. University of Missouri - Columbia
UCLA Extension - Screenwriting, Directing, Entrepreneurship
2008 University of Brasilia - Brasilia, Brazil - Brazilian Politics
2008 New York Film Academy - Abu Dhabi, UAE - Filmmaking
2008 Institute of International Sociology - Gorizia, Italy - Border Studies
2004 IES Centre - Paris, France - French
French - Conversational Proficiency
Spanish - Conversational Proficiency
Portuguese - Conversational Proficiency
Arabic - Basic Comprehension
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2020 Warner Bros. Television Writing Workshop
2018 Nicholl Fellowship Top 15% Percent
2018 Script Pipeline First Look Finalist
2018 Finalist Best Screenplay - Austin Revolution Film Festival
2019 Austin Revolution Film Festival Hall of Fame Inductee
2019 Finalist Austin Revolution Film Festival Short Film Script
2018 AWD-Shoot 'Em Up! Official Selection
2017 Winner Best Micro Short Drama - Austin Revolution Film Festival
2016 Official Selection - Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge
2016 Winner - World Series of Screenwriting
2016 First Place Original TV Drama Pilot - Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition
2016 Best TV Pilot - StartGate Galactic International Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival
2016 Best Television Script - Los Angeles CineFest
2016 Official Winner - Fantasy/Sci-fi Film and Writing Festival
2016 Top Five Finalist - New York Film and TV Festival
2016 Finalist - Hollywood Screenplay Contest
2016 Finalist Original TV Pilot - Austin Revolution Film Festival
2016 First Place Experimental Film - Women's International Film Festival
2016 Official Selection - World Horror Con
2016 Official Selection - Women's Only Entertainment