screenwriter | novelist | writing coach & teacher

My Work

In 2017, I graduated from USC with my MFA in Writing for Screen & Television. Below are loglines for a few of my scripts. I love to write characters who are practiced at appearing perfectly fine on the outside, but, inside, have a much deeper, complicated need they’re desperate not to face.

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SCRIPTS

DRAMA TV PILOT

BREAKING UP WITH JESUS (hour-long) Riley is a good Christian girl at a liberal Ivy League school, but she’s having a crisis of faith. She’s just moved into a Christian house when it becomes all too clear that her crippling doubts could tear her safe Christian world apart. She and her Jesus-loving, in-the-closet best friend know how to start a relationship with Jesus, but do they know how to end one?

COMEDY TV PILOT

BAKED ALASKA (half-hour) Daniel Charlemagne is tan, fit, and screwed after a young woman overdoses in his Florida tanning salon and blames him for driving her to it. He flees to Alaska to start over by opening a therapeutic tanning salon to help depressed people become less pale (light therapy, you know?). Unfortunately for him, a therapist in town named Kelsey doesn’t appreciate the competition and is determined to get him gone.

FEATURE

SMUT (coming-of-age, dramedy) Lisa is hired to turn her erotic fiction blog into a teen romance novel for three million dollars. But her relationship with her sexy, British boyfriend who inspires her writing is less than stable. As pressure mounts with deadlines, hate-mail, and the need to hookup with her boyfriend to fuel her passionate prose, Lisa compromises to the point of hating the thing she once loved.

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SHORT FILM

The O List is an 11-minute comedic short film that celebrates sexuality, vulnerability, and the bravery it takes to be open about such topics.

Logline: When Margot tells Roman, her hookup of three months, that she has yet to orgasm with him, he is devastated. But as they go through her detailed “O-List,” their relationship reaches a new level.

Director & Co-creators Statement: When Becky Harris and I decided to collaborate on a project, we realized we wanted to make a short film about something we hardly, if ever, see in TV or film: what it’s like for a woman to express her orgasm needs to her partner. But we only wanted to do that if we could simultaneously tell a great story about two characters with real wants, fears, and senses of humor. We are so proud of this film and what it’s become and hope you enjoy it.

Public viewing link coming soon.

Short film poster movie festival

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DIRECTING WORK

In 2017 & 2018 I directed and edited eight of the nine episodes of a comedy web series called Your Single Friend. (The fifth episode was guest-directed by my friend Mary Sette.)

YOUR SINGLE FRIEND is a comedy web series that explores what it means to feel truly alone, truly supported, and totally weird about that fact that your grandma keeps trying to set you up with your own cousin. For anyone who’s ever been a third wheel, fifth wheel, or seventh wheel, this show is for them.

B U Z Z F E E D

Here are some of my favorite YouTube shorts I made for BuzzFeed while working there in 2015. For these three, I wrote, directed and edited them and each one got over 2 million views.

Even though I no longer work at BuzzFeed Video full-time, I still freelance direct for them on occasion like when I directed this game-show style episode of “Spoiler Party” celebrating a group of adults’ love of the Disney film Mulan.

Y O U T U B E    C H A N N E L

I also write, direct and edit all my YouTube vlogs like these two which I shot in Alaska. Each currently has over 100,000 views: