playwright & Screenwriter
current and recent work
After meeting in jail, two Native Americans embark on an impromptu road trip that evolves into a mission to correct the insidious racism perpetrated against their culture, starting with that damned Redskins mascot.
- Current Coverfly score: 437
- 2017 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Finalist, 2017. (1,000+ writers, 32 finalists)
- 2017-2018 Fresh Voices Screenplay, Quarterfinalist.
- 2017 Emerging Screenwriters Top 100 placement.
- 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival, Screenplay Official Selection.
- 2016 Oaxaca FilmFest; chosen for award competitions: Global Script Challenge, Original Concept, and Comedy.
- 2016 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, Quarterfinalist.
- 2016 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Competition, Quarterfinalist.
- 2016 Sundance Lab, second round selection.
- 2015 Evolution, Mallorca International Film Festival, Finalist.
- 2015 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Official Selection.
- Available on The Black List
dramatic SERIES for television
1858: An indigenous tribe battles violent settlers at the U.S.-Canadian border. Meanwhile, in 2018, the tribe's descendants attempt to defend the same land from a nefarious corporation.
BOUNDARY BAY is quite impressive in its plotting. The script spans three time periods — 1858, 2002, 2018 — and seamlessly weaves them together to propulsive effect. The writer smartly utilizes the show's core cast across the multiple timelines, which is a really cool and stylistic gimmick that also feels economical from a production standpoint. Telqtela / Marissa is a particularly strong, double role for any actor who's lucky enough to play the two women; both of whom are loaded with fortitude and savage grace. That said, all of the show's cast works well in this piece; thoughtfully conjured, delightfully varied, and all involved in dynamic subplots that keep the pilot chugging forward with steam. Alan's antagonist arc is especially compelling and rife with uneasy tension and mystery. Thematically, this show feels all too relevant in its examination of race relations, ownership, and activism, which indicates that audiences would have an easy time identifying with this series. Finally, the show's U.S.-Canadian border setting feels relatively unique and filled with the potential to be gorgeously gloomy and cinematic as it plays on TV screens.
- Current Coverfly score: 408
- 2018 CineStory Quarterfinalist
- 2017 Oaxaca Film Festival Official Selection, Global Script Competition
- Initially created through my participation as an artist for Testify: Indigenous Laws + The Arts Project
- Stage reading presentations, Vancouver (Loungeworks), November 2016; Nanaimo (VIU), December 2016; Toronto (York U; Law Society of Upper Canada), October 2017; Montreal (McGill), March 2018. For more info click here
Joanne and Joe are on opposite paths. Switching from key crossroad points along their life journey, the play uses a mix of mystery, irreverent comedy, engaging drama, and contemporary & traditional Coast Salish inspired dance to weave the tale of a mixed-race North American family.
- Native Voices at The Autry, 17th Annual Festival of New Plays. The Autry & La Jolla Playhouse, 2015. Stage Readings.
- Seattle Repertory Theatre, New Playwrights Alliance, October 2016. Stage Reading.
ONE-HOUR PREMIUM CABLE PILOT
This hour-long dramedy—a comedic twist on the all-too-often somber addiction narrative—follows two hipster-New Yorker alcoholics as they crash-land into AA and into the arms of a famous actor, who’s secretly shooting up again.
- PAGE Awards competition, second round.
One-hour Network Television Pilot
A sports-drama about a female teen-athlete who cracks the male varsity baseball team, with a secret crush on the team’s star shortstop. The two hold secrets that upend the status quo of their conservative hometown.
A ruthless socialite forms an environmental activist group of oddballs to get back at her conservative mayor ex-husband.
- Roles: Executive Producer, Co-Writer, Actor
- Eight-minute Pilot awarded funding via Canadian telecommunications company Telus’ Storyhive Competition [click to watch], Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Premiered.
STAGEPLAY, COMMISSIONED ONE-ACT PLAY
- UBC Players Club commission for University of British Columbia's 100th Anniversary.
- Created for and dedicated to the Musqueam Nation where UBC exists.
- Hot Shot Shorts 2015, Vancouver, Long-listed. Available.
M.F.A. University of British Columbia —Joint MFA Creative Writing & Theatre (September 2015)
AWARDS: Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellowship, Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship, Faculty of Arts Graduate Award.
B.A. Western Washington University, Fairhaven — Cultural Diversity and the Dramatic Arts
ACT Theatre, Seattle — Playwriting: Stephanie Timm
HB Studios, New York — Playwriting: Julie McKee
Upright Citizens Brigade, New York — Sketch and Improv
New School University, New York — Stand-up Comedy