A former Chicago punk rocker, Dana Braziel-Solovy knows how to rebel and promises only to do so for good. By creating feminist comedy and dramedy television shows, she fights the patriarchy with nothing but her computer keyboard. She calls it, "QWERTY Hurty."
Having grown up with a suicidal mother, Dana knows the importance of safe forms of escapism. Her writing seeks to cure pain through laughter and uses magical realism to examine the human condition. Dana's first foray, a comic book mini-series, landed her on the Diamond indie bestsellers list twice.
To support her compulsive writing habits, Dana works as a television Art Director with credits on shows such as CSI: VEGAS and WANDAVISION.
Denise Cruz-Castino has sold a live action short to Disney, her first feature 5 Weddings premiered at Cannes in 2018 and will play worldwide September 21, 2018. Her horror short was produced by Raving Eejit Entertainment, and her short, Things Look Grim, was produced by Sasha Golberg.
She’s currently writing and co-producing a WWII movie with Academy Award-winning producer Kim Magnuson and Neil Machlis. Her blog that helps newbie screenwriters, screenwriterwriting.blogspot, was named Website of the Week by Script Magazine. Her scripts have placed in Final Draft Big Break, Fade-In Screenwriting and Nicholl’s Fellowship contests.
Katy Farzanrad is an Iranian-American chick producer, writer, and mother of two. With an MFA in Cinema and TV from USC and the student loans to prove it, Katy pays her bills by producing unscripted television for numerous outlets, including TLC, FYI, WEtv, and OWN, among others.
As a writer/producer, Katy is always in pursuit of a good story. Her feature documentary, Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary, placed in film festivals such as CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOC NYC, and the Starz-Denver Film Festival.
If Gilda's life were a movie it would be called “Miss Goodie Too Shoes” and the logline would be…After her sociopathic husband almost kills her, an anxiety-ridden perfectionist from a crazy, chaotic family embarks on a quest to find a stable, conventional lifestyle, real love and her place in the world." She primarily writes grounded half-hour comedy and one-hour dramedies, and is expanding into romantic comedies.
A former stand-up comedian and improve actor, Gilda was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Austin Film Festival, won the Chicago Screenplay awards, third place winner int he 2021 Scriptapalooza one hour drama original pilot, and has reached the quarterfinals in Screencraft Comedy, Genre and Inroad Fellowship over the last year. A former marketing and fundraising exec, Gilda's "day job" is as a professional voicover actor. She's a doting "Nonna", a proud Aunt and has been happily married for seven years to an Italian patent attorney who keeps threatening to be her writing partner. They recently relocated to Miami from Detroit.
Cara hails from the “everything is bigger” land of Texas. She can tell you this is true, especially the trucks and the portion sizes. Having grown up in the outskirts of suburbia, she optioned for a life of travel after college. She took a job teaching English overseas in Bangkok, Thailand and during her time there traveled to India, Malaysia, Japan, and Vietnam.
In 2013 she moved back to Texas and from there, continued teaching English. She decided to pursue her dream of filmmaking and moved to Los Angeles in 2016, where she currently writes comedy but hopes to someday write a female-centric horror film for the big-screen.
She was featured in Mortified’s live comedy show series in Los Angeles in 2017. She received her BA in Film & Digital Media from Baylor University in 2012.
The first time Lena Parodi realized she wanted to tell stories for a living was when she was four years old. She and her family had just immigrated to the United States from Italy, and everything around her was strange and unfamiliar. After the long days of struggling to learn the language and social cues of a brand-new country, she would sit on the edge of the pool of her family’s temporary home in an apartment complex and tell elaborate made-up stories to her parents.
Since then, she’s graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Journalism and a Minor in Spanish. She has also written and directed short scripts for Cinequest Film Festival, transcribed and organized material for several documentary films currently being produced by Beau Willimon’s Westward Productions, translated interview footage from Italian to English for the History Channel’s docuseries Hunting ISIS, and edited and localized English translations of Korean online comics. More recently, she was a Researcher for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and worked as a Production Coordinator for Ignition Films.
Lena now lives in Los Angeles and currently works full-time at HUMANITAS as their Program Manager, where she uses her experience in production and her skills as a writer to organize and manage their screenwriting programs and competitions, as well as their annual HUMANITAS Prize Awards, all while writing (and rewriting!) her own work.
Jessica Silvetti is an award-winning writer and director, whose distinctive voice is a result of her unconventional upbringing. Originally from Mexico City, of Spanish descent and raised in the US, she's been shaped by different cultures and views life through a bilingual lens.
She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Theatre. To date she has written and directed several short films including HAPPY FOR NOTHING and POOR MAN’S MERMAID, which is an adaptation of Joe McLeod Chapman’s short story. Jessica also penned the full length play, LAURA, for which she won an Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize in 2016. Her bilingual web series LOST MEMORIES, produced by ALZLA, is a narrative focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, which she wrote and directed. In November of 2017, she was recognized with a Breaking Boundaries - Visionary Women’s Award for her work on this impacting series, spotlighting Alzheimer’s disease and the Latino community.
IN ABSENTIA, an anthology series she created, wrote, and directed with her husband and partner, Ethan Kogan, is now streaming on Amazon and iNDIEFLIX. IN ABSENTIA has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Silver Remi Award from WorldFest Houston in 2017 and a Best Writing nomination at the renowned RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in London, that same year. The series also received three nominations from the 2018 International Academy of Web Television Awards, including: Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Drama Series. In 2019 the series was nominated for four Indie Series Awards, including Best Series and Best Directing.
Jessica is constantly developing new projects with a passion and emphasis on creating complex and diverse characters for women. Her feature screenplay, IZABELA’S VIOLIN, made it among the top 10% in the 2017 Academy Nicholls Fellowship and was a Quarterfinalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s 2018 Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, as well as a 2019 Screencraft Film Fund Semifinalist. In January of 2020, her play LAURA premiered at the Santa Monica Playhouse as part of their Benefit Series. This marked Silvetti’s directorial debut in live theatre. She currently writes on the Mexican TV series El Juego de las Llaves on Pantaya, for Amazon and Lionsgate.
Film and TV
Meggie started her writing career at the Dramatic Writing BFA program at SUNY Purchase's Conservatory for Theater Arts and Film.
After graduating, she started taking improv and sketch classes at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in NYC. Since 2013, she has written for the UCB Theater’s sketch comedy night on their house Maude teams. She has also written and produced her own comedy variety show in various NYC theaters as part of the sketch duo Black Magic Lab. Her comedy writing also includes past work as a contributor to the Funny or Die NewsFlash App, where she wrote jokes about today’s top stories. Comedy articles of hers have also been featured on the female news satire blog Reductress and Funny or Die. Her work can be found on her website meggie-spellman.com.
Megan J. Wilson
Film and TV
Megan wrote her first play (a modern and irreverent take on the Three Little Pigs) at age 10. She chooses to believe the laughter from the audience was at the jokes, not at the effort.
Megan is a Seattle native. She’s worked at a publishing house in Seattle, a law firm in North Carolina, the NFL in New York, and a cannery in Alaska – and yes, there were bears. She was a writers assistant for 3 years in NYC, and she wrote and produced a 6-episode webseries (The Sanctum, 2009). She writes action/comedy with a side of sci-fi and often features stories with families dealing with mental illness. Her scripts have been quarter finalists for the PAGE Award, Script Pipeline and Austin Film Festival, and several have been in development.
Megan's The Good Place spec: It's a Wonderful Afterlife, was a Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival (2018). Her one-hour drama pilot, Drop Zone, about a female smokejumper who returns home to Montana to discover her sister has married her high school sweetheart, was a quarterfinalist for Script Pipeline (2018) and a quarterfinalist for the PAGE Award (2019) and has since been optioned. And Megan's comedy feature Don't You Wish was a quarterfinalist for the PAGE Award (2019).
in 2018 she helped found the League of Women Writers, and Megan is also on the board of Chicks With Scripts.